The Hidden Life of the Basal Ganglia

The Hidden Life of the Basal Ganglia At the Base of Brain and Mind

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The main task of the basal ganglia-a group of subcortical nuclei, located at the base of the brain-is to optimise and execute our automatic behaviour. In this book, Hagai Bergman analyses the anatomy and physiology of the basal ganglia, discussing their relation to brain and behaviour, to disorders and therapies, and even to moral values. Drawing on his forty years of studying the basal ganglia, Bergman presents new information on physiology and computational models, Parkinson's disease and other ganglia-related disorders, and such therapies as deep brain stimulation. Focusing on studies of nonhuman primates and human basal ganglia and relying on system physiology and in vivo extra-cellular recording techniques, Bergman first describes the major brain structures that constitute the basal ganglia, the morphology of their cellular elements, their synaptic connectivity and their physiological function in health and disease. He discusses the computational physiology of the healthy basal ganglia, describing four generations of computational models, and then traces the computational physiology of basal ganglia-related disorders and their treatments, including Parkinson's disease and its pharmacological and surgical therapies. Finally, Bergman considers the implications of these findings for such moral concerns as free will. Explaining this leap into domains rarely explored in neuroscientific accounts, Bergman writes that the longer he studies the basal ganglia, the more he is convinced that they are truly the base of both brain and mind.

Book information

ISBN: 9780262543118
Publisher: The MIT Press
Imprint: The MIT Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 616.83
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: xvii, 313
Weight: 708g
Height: 178mm
Width: 254mm
Spine width: 25mm