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Question: Which is a midbrain structure critical to movement?

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  1. The medulla
  2. The pons
  3. The ventral tegmental area
  4. Wernicke's area

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3. The ventral tegmental area (VTA)

The ventral tegmental area is a midbrain structure critical to movement.


Explanation:

The ventral tegmental area is midbrain structure in the mesolimbic reward circuit consisting of predominantly dopaminergic neurons.

VTA is termed as a group of neurons which are located close to the midline on the floor of the midbrain. This is the origin of dopaminergic cell bodies of the mesocorticolimbic dopamine system.

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