The thalamostriatal system: a highly specific network of the basal ganglia circuitry

@article{Smith2004TheTS,
  title={The thalamostriatal system: a highly specific network of the basal ganglia circuitry},
  author={Yoland Smith and Dinesh V. Raju and Jean-François Par{\'e} and Mamadou Sidib{\'e}},
  journal={Trends in Neurosciences},
  year={2004},
  volume={27},
  pages={520-527}
}

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