A nexus model of the temporal-parietal junction.

Journal Article (Review;Journal Article)

The temporal-parietal junction (TPJ) has been proposed to support either specifically social functions or non-specific processes of cognition such as memory and attention. To account for diverse prior findings, we propose a nexus model for TPJ function: overlap of basic processes produces novel secondary functions at their convergence. We present meta-analytic evidence that is consistent with the anatomical convergence of attention, memory, language, and social processing in the TPJ, leading to a higher-order role in the creation of a social context for behavior. The nexus model accounts for recent examples of TPJ contributions specifically to decision making in a social context and provides a potential reconciliation for competing claims about TPJ function.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Carter, RM; Huettel, SA

Published Date

  • July 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 17 / 7

Start / End Page

  • 328 - 336

PubMed ID

  • 23790322

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3750983

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1879-307X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1364-6613

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.tics.2013.05.007


  • eng