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Trends Cogn Sci. 2013 Jul;17(7):328-36. doi: 10.1016/j.tics.2013.05.007. Epub 2013 Jun 20.

A nexus model of the temporal-parietal junction.

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Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA.

Abstract

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.

PMID:
23790322
PMCID:
PMC3750983
DOI:
10.1016/j.tics.2013.05.007
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