Basal ganglia intrinsic circuits and their role in behavior

Curr Opin Neurobiol. 1993 Dec;3(6):950-7. doi: 10.1016/0959-4388(93)90167-w.


There have been significant recent advances in the understanding of basal ganglia circuitry and its role in behavior. Important areas of work in the past year include, firstly, the role of striatal neurons in early phases of movement and, secondly, further characterization of the intrinsic circuitry with emphasis on the importance of the subthalamic nucleus and its connections. A conceptual model of basal ganglia inhibition of competing motor programs is discussed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Basal Ganglia / physiology*
  • Behavior / physiology*
  • Behavior, Animal / physiology
  • Humans