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Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2001 Apr;11(2):188-93.

Role of perirhinal cortex in object perception, memory, and associations.

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  • 1Laboratory of Neuropsychology, National Institute of Mental Health, Building 49, Room 1B80, 49 Convent Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892-4415, USA.


The perirhinal cortex plays a key role in acquiring knowledge about objects. It contributes to at least four cognitive functions, and recent findings provide new insights into how the perirhinal cortex contributes to each: first, it contributes to recognition memory in an automatic fashion; second, it probably contributes to perception as well as memory; third, it helps identify objects by associating together the different sensory features of an object; and fourth, it associates objects with other objects and with abstractions.

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