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The basal ganglia and the cerebellum in human emotion

Published inSocial cognitive and affective neuroscience, vol. 15, no. 5, p. 599-613
Publication date2020-05-01
First online date2020-06-08

The basal ganglia (BG) and the cerebellum historically have been relegated to a functional role in producing or modulating motor output. Recent research, however, has emphasized the importance of these subcortical structures in multiple functional domains, including affective processes such as emotion recognition, subjective feeling elicitation and reward valuation. The pathways through the thalamus that connect the BG and cerebellum directly to each other and with extensive regions of the cortex provide a structural basis for their combined influence on limbic function. By regulating cortical oscillations to guide learning and strengthening rewarded behaviors or thought patterns to achieve a desired goal state, these regions can shape the way an individual processes emotional stimuli. This review will discuss the basic structure and function of the BG and cerebellum and propose an updated view of their functional role in human affective processing.

  • Basal ganglia
  • Cerebellum
  • Connectivity
  • Emotion
  • Learning
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PIERCE, Jordan E, PERON, Julie Anne. The basal ganglia and the cerebellum in human emotion. In: Social cognitive and affective neuroscience, 2020, vol. 15, n° 5, p. 599–613. doi: 10.1093/scan/nsaa076
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