Basal Ganglia
Basal Ganglia

Basal Ganglia

by Craig Canby, PhD

The basal ganglia is an area of the brain with a multitude of functions. Its primary function is to be sort of gatekeeper for initiating motor movement, as it can effectively “decide” which motions to inhibit and which ones to allow to continue. In addition, nuclei of the basal ganglia project to the limbic and prefrontal regions of the thalamus and cortex, functioning in a similar way to manifest executive decision-making and emotional regulation. There are a few well-known disorders that afflict the basal ganglia, including Huntington disease and Parkinson disease. Both lead to motor dysfunction, although with distinct clinical presentations.

Course Details

  • Videos 4
  • Duration 0:17 h
  • Quiz questions 11
  • Concept Pages 5


Your Educators of course Basal Ganglia

 Craig Canby, PhD

Craig Canby, PhD

Dr. Craig Canby is a Professor of Anatomy and the Associate Dean for Academic Curriculum and Medical Programs at the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Des Moines University, Iowa, USA.
He obtained his PhD in Anatomy at the University of Iowa.
For his achievements in teaching and research, he received various awards such as the DPT Class of 2008 Teaching Excellence Award and the prestigious Hancher-Finkbine Medallion.
Within Lecturio, Dr. Canby teaches courses on Anatomy.

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too little detail. slides also arent very helpful
By Med B. on 25. May 2024 for Structures and Intrinsic Connections of the Basal Ganglia

not enough detail to understand the topic. Renders and slides could also use work for this whole section, they arent sufficient to give an understanding of the section and understand structures of the brain in relation to each other.

can be done in a much better way
By James K. on 30. December 2022 for Clinical Correlations: Huntington's Disease

lack of structure just got messy. it can be done in a much better way to follow the different pathways

Is this teaching or reciting?
By Darrell W. on 16. November 2021 for Structures and Intrinsic Connections of the Basal Ganglia

I'm just curious whether this professor recites what he is reading and points out what's on the diagrams.

Did not convey understanding of the subject
By Åge u. on 29. April 2021 for Structures and Intrinsic Connections of the Basal Ganglia

Poorly information of the basal ganglia and the system of the basal ganglia was not set up very well