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Basal Ganglia

The "basal ganglia" are a group of subcortical nuclei in the brain that are responsible for motor control, as well as other activities like motor learning, executive functions, and emotional behaviors. They also play a key role in reward and reinforcement, addictive behavior, and habit building.

Image of the human brain with labels for the Basal Ganglia portions.


  1. Basal Ganglia. Physiopedia. Published 2016. Accessed January 31, 2022.

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