Encyclopedia of Computational Neuroscience

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Basal Ganglia: Decision-Making

  • Wei Wei
  • Xiao-Jing Wang
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-7320-6_519-1


The basal ganglia (BG) participate not only in the selection of motor plans but also in perceptual decision-making. The functional structure of the BG and their close interconnections with the cortex and dopamine system allow the BG to be actively involved in the perceptual decision-making processes.

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The role of the BG in perceptual decision-making processes has recently attracted much attention (Ding and Gold 2013). Although the BG were much earlier proposed to be the central substrate for action selection and habit learning (Graybiel 1995; Mink 1996; Redgrave et al. 2010), their active participation in perceptual decision-making has been investigated only more recently (Ding and Gold 2010). The BG have close interaction with the frontal cortex and the lateral intraparietal area (LIP), where are believed to be the sites of evidence accumulation in decision processes (Gold and Shadlen 2007; Huk and Shadlen 2005; Kim and Shadlen 1999). The BG also have...


Deep Brain Stimulation Superior Colliculus Reward Rate Evidence Accumulation Superior Colliculus Neuron 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Neural ScienceNew York UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of Neurobiology and Kavli Institute for NeuroscienceYale University School of MedicineNew HavenUSA