Ventral striatum

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Ventral striatum
purple=caudate, putamen, and amygdala. orange=thalamus. Ventral striatum is the part of the caudate & putamen most to the left.
Two views of a model of the striatum. A: lateral aspect, B: medial aspect. (The lenticular nucleus is an alternative name for the putamen and globus pallidus.)
Latin Striatum ventrale,
corpus striatum ventrale
NeuroLex ID Ventral striatum
TA A14.1.09.439
FMA FMA:77614
Anatomical terms of neuroanatomy

The ventral striatum is a portion of the striatum.

It consists of the nucleus accumbens, olfactory tubercle,[1] and islands of Calleja.

Some sources also include the ventromedial parts of the caudate nucleus and putamen.[2]

It is considered a reward center.[3]

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  1. ^ Ubeda-Bañon I, Novejarque A, Mohedano-Moriano A, et al. (2007). "Projections from the posterolateral olfactory amygdala to the ventral striatum: neural basis for reinforcing properties of chemical stimuli". BMC Neurosci 8: 103. doi:10.1186/1471-2202-8-103. PMC 2216080. PMID 18047654. 
  2. ^ Martin, John Joseph (2003). Neuroanatomy: text and atlas. New York: McGraw-Hill. p. 393. ISBN 0-07-138183-X. 
  3. ^ Gregorios-Pippas L, Tobler PN, Schultz W (March 2009). "Short-term temporal discounting of reward value in human ventral striatum". J. Neurophysiol. 101 (3): 1507–23. doi:10.1152/jn.90730.2008. PMC 2666398. PMID 19164109. 

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