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Cereb Cortex. 2002 Aug;12(8):866-76.

Distributed cortical systems in visual short-term memory revealed by event-related functional magnetic resonance imaging.

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Max-Planck-Institut für Hirnforschung, Deutschordenstrasse 46, D-60528 Frankfurt, Germany.


The spatio-temporal distribution of brain activity as revealed by non-invasive functional imaging helps to elucidate the neuronal encoding and processing strategies required by complex cognitive tasks. We investigated visual short-term memory for objects, places and conjunctions in humans using event-related time-resolved functional magnetic resonance imaging that permitted segregation of encoding, retention and retrieval phases. All conditions were accompanied by the activation of a widespread network of parietal and prefrontal areas during the retention phase, but this retention-related activity showed additional modulations depending on task instructions. These modulations confirmed a posterior-anterior and right-left dissociation for spatial versus non-spatial memory and revealed that conjunction memory does not rely on a linear addition of the component processes.

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