Integration of Motor Functions in the Basal Ganglia
The basal ganglia are a group of subcortical nuclei that govern the extrapyramidal motor system. Unfortunately, no agreed upon definition exists as to what constitutes either the basal ganglia or the extrapyramidal motor system. Although much precise anatomical detail is available, difficulty arises in integrating this information with physiological function. Despite an immense amount of elegant research spanning many decades, it is still not known exactly what basal ganglia structures do, either individually or as a group.
KeywordsBasal Ganglion Firing Rate Globus Pallidus Supplementary Motor Area Subthalamic Nucleus
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