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Neuron. 2013 Oct 30;80(3):807-15. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2013.10.044.

The cerebellum and cognitive function: 25 years of insight from anatomy and neuroimaging.

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Harvard University Department of Psychology, Center for Brain Science, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA; Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Department of Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Charlestown, MA 02129, USA; Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA 02114, USA. Electronic address:


Twenty-five years ago the first human functional neuroimaging studies of cognition discovered a surprising response in the cerebellum that could not be attributed to motor demands. This controversial observation challenged the well-entrenched view that the cerebellum solely contributes to the planning and execution of movement. Recurring neuroimaging findings combined with key insights from anatomy and case studies of neurological patients motivated a reconsideration of the traditional model of cerebellar organization and function. The majority of the human cerebellum maps to cerebral association networks in an orderly manner that includes a mirroring of the prominent cerebral asymmetries for language and attention. These findings inspire exploration of the cerebellum's contributions to a diverse array of functional domains and neuropsychiatric disorders.

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