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How does the brain control body movement?

Body movements are controlled by an important part of the brain called the basal ganglia. Brain cells make types of chemical messengers called neurotransmitters. One of the most important of these neurotransmitters is dopamine. Dopamine is the main neurotransmitter for movement, and it also carries other types of messages around the brain. When people need to move, their brain sends signals to the muscles through neurotransmitters. Dopamine delivers instructions, telling the body what to do.

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