An Introduction To The Putamen In Schizophrenia

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

Volume 1 Issue 2 , pages 23-25
Published Dec 2015


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


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Historically the putamen has been known to have a key role in regulating motor function. However in recent years
the importance of this nucleus in cognitive functions has become more understood, with a rough dorso-ventral
distribution of function being described by several studies. Additionally the importance of the putamen as a key site
of anti-psychotic action, inhibiting the uptake of dopamine from the nigrostriatal tract, has been emphasized with
recent studies. This has led to renewed focus on this structure in the cognitive symptoms of schizophrenia.



Basal Ganglia, Putamen, Schizophrenia



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