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I am trying to find some resources to learn more about how the brain functions. Specifically I would like to learn how the basal ganglia works. Encyclopedias and academic papers don't explain things clearly or simply enough for average people to understand.

Any recommendations would be extremely appreciated.

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The wikipedia article on basal ganglia seems sufficiently extensive to me and should be understandable if you spend enough time first learning the basic neuro-terminology used in that article (which you should do anyway if you want to learn about the brain). When reading about a completely new topic, you need to proceed sentence-by-sentence and really make sure you understand what each sentence says, i.e. look up every word you don't know yet. –  Armatus May 23 at 12:43
    
If you need a textbook: Principles of Neuroscience from Kandel and Schwartz is great. However, this book covers a whole lot more. –  Chris Stronks Oct 28 at 12:27

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