The Basal Ganglia and the Cerebellum in Human Emotion

Jordan E. Pierce; Julie Péron


Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci. 2020;15(5):599-613. 

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Subcortical structures often have been ignored in the study of human cognition in favor of the larger and more accessible neocortex. Recent work, however, has highlighted the importance of the BG and cerebellum in emotion processing, which is mediated by their dense cortical and subcortical connections. Evidence for direct structural and functional connections between the BG and cerebellum further has demonstrated that these regions can influence brain activity both independently and through synchronization of widespread limbic brain regions to select and adjust responses based on the current contextual state, allowing for efficient acquisition and production of appropriate response patterns.