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Nat Rev Neurosci. 2008 Aug;9(8):613-25. doi: 10.1038/nrn2459.

The parietal cortex and episodic memory: an attentional account.

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Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Duke University, B203 LSRC building, Durham, North Carolina 27708, USA. cabeza@duke.edu

Abstract

The contribution of the parietal cortex to episodic memory is a fascinating scientific puzzle. On the one hand, parietal lesions do not normally yield severe episodic-memory deficits; on the other hand, parietal activations are seen frequently in functional-neuroimaging studies of episodic memory. A review of these two categories of evidence suggests that the answer to the puzzle requires us to distinguish between the contributions of dorsal and ventral parietal regions and between the influence of top-down and bottom-up attention on memory.

PMID:
18641668
PMCID:
PMC2692883
DOI:
10.1038/nrn2459
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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