An Introduction To The Caudate In Schizophrenia

Author:Dr. Matthew Williams
Volume Info:Volume 2 Issue 1
Article Information

Volume 2 Issue 1 , pages 40-42
Received – 26 May 2016, Accepted – 31 May 2016


Visiting researcher, Rob Steiner Unit, Hammersmith Hospital, London W12 0NN, UK


Corresponding Author: Dr. Matthew Williams –


The caudate forms the medial part of the striatum and has clear involvement with both cognitive and motor functions. Damage to this structure has been reported to produce a ‘schizophrenia-like’ state, and so has been the subject of some investigation. As with the adjacent putamen, the caudate receives dopaminergic input from the nigrostriatal tract, with recent imaging studies suggesting a pronounced effect of anti-psychotic medication on the size of this structure.



Basal Ganglia, Caudate, Schizophrenia



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