Caudate nucleus (in red) shown within the brain
Transverse Cut of Brain (Horizontal Section), basal ganglia is blue
|Part of||dorsal striatum|
|Anatomical terms of neuroanatomy|
The caudate nucleus is one of the structures that make up the corpus striatum, which is a component of the basal ganglia. While the caudate nucleus has long been associated with motor processes due to its role in Parkinson's disease,[clarification needed] it plays important roles in various other nonmotor functions as well, including procedural learning,associative learning and inhibitory control of action, among other functions. The caudate is also one of the brain structures which compose the reward system and functions as part of the cortico–basal ganglia–thalamic loop.