Differences in excitatory transmission between thalamic and cortical afferents to single spiny efferent neurons of rat dorsal striatum.

@article{Smeal2008DifferencesIE,
  title={Differences in excitatory transmission between thalamic and cortical afferents to single spiny efferent neurons of rat dorsal striatum.},
  author={Roy M. Smeal and Kristen A. Keefe and Karen S. Wilcox},
  journal={The European journal of neuroscience},
  year={2008},
  volume={28 10},
  pages={2041-52}
}
The striatum is crucially involved in motor and cognitive function, and receives significant glutamate input from the cortex and thalamus. The corticostriatal pathway arises from diverse regions of the cortex and is thought to provide information to the basal ganglia from which motor actions are selected and modified. The thalamostriatal pathway arises from specific thalamic nuclei and is involved in attention and possibly strategy switching. Despite these fundamental functional differences… CONTINUE READING
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