Cognitive contributions of the ventral parietal cortex: an integrative theoretical account.

Journal Article (Review;Journal Article)

Although ventral parietal cortex (VPC) activations can be found in a variety of cognitive domains, these activations have been typically attributed to cognitive operations specific to each domain. In this article, we propose a hypothesis that can account for VPC activations across all the cognitive domains reviewed. We first review VPC activations in the domains of perceptual and motor reorienting, episodic memory retrieval, language and number processing, theory of mind, and episodic memory encoding. Then, we consider the localization of VPC activations across domains and conclude that they are largely overlapping with some differences around the edges. Finally, we assess how well four different hypotheses of VPC function can explain findings in various domains and conclude that a bottom-up attention hypothesis provides the most complete and parsimonious account.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Cabeza, R; Ciaramelli, E; Moscovitch, M

Published Date

  • June 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 16 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 338 - 352

PubMed ID

  • 22609315

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3367024

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1879-307X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1364-6613

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.tics.2012.04.008


  • eng