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The Basal Ganglia and Neuropsychological Testing

  • Leonard F. Koziol
  • Deborah Ely Budding
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Abstract

The distributed frontal–subcortical system consists of connected cortical and subcortical structures. While this can be referred to as the frontostriatal system, the anatomic connections originate in the prefrontal and frontal cortices, and project to the striatum, the globus pallidus, the thalamus, and back to the cortex (see Chapters 2 and 3). The term frontostriatal system sometimes represents a convenient shorthand label for this entire circuitry that extends beyond the striatum. Very similar behaviors, signs, and symptoms will be seen in disorders that affect the frontal cortices, the subcortical white matter projections, the striatum, the globus pallidus, or the thalamus (Chow & Cummings, 2007; Stewart, 2006). This chapter presents a series of cases that illustrate the manner in which currently available neuropsychological tests can begin to assess the functioning of this extended region.

Keywords

Basal Ganglion Neuropsychological Test Globus Pallidus Rule Violation Continuous Performance Test 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Park RidgeUSA
  2. 2.Manhattan BeachUSA

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