Motor functions of the basal ganglia

Psychol Res. 1993;55(2):175-81. doi: 10.1007/BF00419650.


A study of movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease and Huntington's disease can provide an indication of the motor functions of the basal ganglia. Basal-ganglia diseases affect voluntary movement and can cause involuntary movement. Deficits are often manifested during the coordination of fine multi-joint movements (e.g., handwriting). The disturbances of motor control (e.g. akinesia, bradykinesia) caused by basal-ganglia disorders are illustrated. Data suggest that the basal ganglia play an important role in the automatic execution of serially ordered complex movements.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Basal Ganglia / physiopathology
  • Basal Ganglia Diseases / diagnosis
  • Basal Ganglia Diseases / physiopathology*
  • Humans
  • Kinesthesis / physiology
  • Motor Skills / physiology
  • Movement Disorders / diagnosis
  • Movement Disorders / physiopathology*
  • Psychomotor Performance / physiology