Introduction: Overview of the Basal Ganglia and Structure of the Volume
This introductory chapter lays the context for this volume as well as the many themes covered by the volume. A synopsis of the functional anatomic organization of the basal ganglia is given, including its structures, divisions, major nuclei, and excitatory and inhibitory circuitry. The anatomic nomenclature commonly associated with the basal ganglia is systematically explained. The major input and output structures and the computational architecture of the basal ganglia that are laid out, help set the stage for many of the topics covered by the volume. The chapter also describes the structure of the volume – the thematic grouping of chapters, and the topic of each chapter.
KeywordsBasal Ganglion Globus Pallidus Ventral Striatum Subthalamic Nucleus Globus Pallidus Internus
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