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Trends Cogn Sci. 2005 Sep;9(9):445-53.

Parietal lobe contributions to episodic memory retrieval.

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  • 1Department of Psychology and Neurosciences Program, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA. wagner@psych.stanford.edu

Abstract

Although the parietal lobe is not traditionally thought to support declarative memory, recent event-related fMRI studies of episodic retrieval have consistently revealed a range of memory-related influences on activation in lateral posterior parietal cortex (PPC) and precuneus extending into posterior cingulate and retrosplenial cortex. This article surveys the fMRI literature on PPC activation during remembering, a literature that complements earlier electroencephalography data. We consider these recent memory-related fMRI responses within the context of classical ideas about parietal function that emphasize space-based attention and motor intention. We conclude by proposing three hypotheses concerning how parietal cortex might contribute to memory.

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16054861
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