What do the basal ganglia do?

@article{Brown1998WhatDT,
  title={What do the basal ganglia do?},
  author={Peter Brown and C. David Marsden},
  journal={Lancet},
  year={1998},
  volume={351 9118},
  pages={1801-4}
}
We propose that the basal ganglia support a basic attentional mechanism operating to bind input to output in the executive forebrain. Such focused attention provides the automatic link between voluntary effort, sensory input, and the calling up and operation of a sequence of motor programmes or thoughts. The physiological basis for this attentional mechanism may lie in the tendency of distributed, but related, cortical activities to synchronise in the gamma (30 to 50 Hz) band, as occurs in the… CONTINUE READING

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