The Basal Ganglia



The basal ganglia is part of a neuronal system that includes the thalamus, the cerebellum, and the frontal lobes (Thach, 1980). Like the cerebellum, the basal ganglia was previously thought to be primarily involved in motor control. However, recently there has been much written about the role of the basal ganglia in motor and cognitive functions (Alexander et al., 1995; Albin et al., 1995; Browen et al., 1997; Feger, 1997; Levitan et al., 1998).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Clinical NeurologyCarrick Institute for Graduate StudiesCape CanaveralUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyCollege of Staten Island City University of New YorkStaten IslandUSA

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