A Theoretical Information Processing-Based Approach to Basal Ganglia Function
This chapter presents an information processing approach to basal ganglia function. Concepts that build the understanding of information processing utilize published experimental work that shows how information within a network can be represented even as far down as the ionic flux. Ionic flux that results in and from action potentials is shown to be a carrier of information flow within a neuronal network. This flux can organize during behavior and can represent behavioral changes that occur within a striatal network during the acquisition of a learning task. The present chapter further develops the idea of this adaptation to the abrupt behavioral learning seen in striatal neurons. A hypothesis that then attempts to synthesize these ideas into a more system level understanding of basal ganglia function and dysfunction in Parkinson’s disease is put forward.
KeywordsBasal Ganglion Action Plan Ionic Flux Charge Flow Electrical Flow
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