The Basal Ganglia: Beyond the Motor System—From Movement to Thought



In studying and practising a cortico-centric model of neuropsychology, few students or clinicians likely pay much attention to or fully understand the functions of the basal ganglia, a set of interconnected subcortical nuclei arising from the mammalian forebrain. This is, in part, due to the fact that the anatomical subdivisions of the basal ganglia can seem confusing. Some regions of the basal ganglia can be broken down into multiple components. Several basal ganglia structures feature further subdivisions, and some components of the basal ganglia can have more than one name, based on which structures are grouped together. There are reasons for these differences, which will be described in the course of this chapter.


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