The basal ganglia: a vertebrate solution to the selection problem?

@article{Redgrave1999TheBG,
  title={The basal ganglia: a vertebrate solution to the selection problem?},
  author={P. Redgrave and T. Prescott and K. Gurney},
  journal={Neuroscience},
  year={1999},
  volume={89},
  pages={1009-1023}
}
A selection problem arises whenever two or more competing systems seek simultaneous access to a restricted resource. Consideration of several selection architectures suggests there are significant advantages for systems which incorporate a central switching mechanism. We propose that the vertebrate basal ganglia have evolved as a centralized selection device, specialized to resolve conflicts over access to limited motor and cognitive resources. Analysis of basal ganglia functional architecture… Expand

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