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The dopamine pathways in the brain Dopamine is transmitted via three major pathways. The first extends from the substantia nigra to the caudate nucleus-putamen (neostriatum) and is concerned with sensory stimuli and movement. The second pathway projects from the ventral tegmentum to the mesolimbic forebrain and is thought to be associated with cognitive, reward and emotional behaviour. The third pathway, known as the tubero-infundibular system, is concerned with neuro…

Basal Ganglia (caudate nucleus, putamen, globus pallidus, substantia nigra) interacting with the thalamus and cortex


This Is Your Brain on Writing

This Is Your Brain on Writing - FABULOUS article!!! A novelist scrawling away in a notebook in seclusion may not seem to have much in common with an NBA player doing a reverse layup on a basketball court before a screaming crowd. But if you could peer inside their heads, you might see some striking similarities in how their brains were churning.

Basal ganglia. I like this image because it shows all the different names for the different parts of the basal ganglia, something that's often confusing.


The thalamus is the gateway to the cerebral cortex; assists with motor control and relaying signals to the cerebellum; and plays a role in memory and emotional responses via the limbic system


Huntingtons's disease The caudate nucleus heads are markedly atrophic resulting in enlargement of the frontal horns and increased inter-caudate distance (22mm) and increased inner table to intercaudate caudate ratio (0.23 (normal 0.09 - 0.12)). Putamen are also markedly decreased in size with increased T2 signal.

Why it's time to investigate the overlap between autism and ADHD

Structures of the brain that were investigated in the research published in the journal Plos One. The caudate nucleus, which was found to be able to predict levels of autistic traits in ADHD participants, is shown in red. profile Antonio_Strafella publication 11881895_Repetitive_transcranial_magnetic_stimulation_of_the_human_prefrontal_cortex_induces_dopamine_release_in_the_caudate_nucleus links 00b4951fc116130cde000000.pdf