The contribution of the human posterior parietal cortex to episodic memory

Carlo Sestieri, Gordon L. Shulman, Maurizio Corbetta

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The posterior parietal cortex (PPC) is traditionally associated with attention, perceptual decision making and sensorimotor transformations, but more recent human neuroimaging studies support an additional role in episodic memory retrieval. In this Opinion article, we present a functional-anatomical model of the involvement of the PPC in memory retrieval. Parietal regions involved in perceptual attention and episodic memory are largely segregated and often show a push-pull relationship, potentially mediated by prefrontal regions. Moreover, different PPC regions carry out specific functions during retrieval-for example, representing retrieved information, recoding this information based on task demands, or accumulating evidence for memory decisions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-192
Number of pages10
JournalNature Reviews Neuroscience
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017


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