Selection and the Basal Ganglia

A role for dopamine
  • P. Redgrave
  • T. Prescott
  • K. Gurney
Part of the Advances in Behavioral Biology book series (ABBI, volume 54)


Evidence from both the biological and artificial neural network literature suggests that many operations within the brain are carried out in parallel. Thus, it is now widely recognised that analyses of different qualities of the same stimulus are performed separately in specialised regions of the brain (Goodale, 1996). Representations of external and internal events which can determine or guide specific types of behaviour, action and movement are also distributed throughout the nervous system (Ewert, 1995). In both cases, however, distributed parallel processing appears to be constrained by, on the one hand, the need to think about or attend to only one thing at a time, and on the other, the need to avoid trying to do two different things with the same set of muscles. Selection mechanisms in the brain must therefore operate in both cognitive and motor domains to prevent parallel confusion.


Basal Ganglion Superior Colliculus Reciprocal Inhibition Salient Event Central Selection 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Redgrave
    • 1
  • T. Prescott
    • 1
  • K. Gurney
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of PsychologyUniv. of SheffieldSheffieldUSA

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