Neuroimaging of cognitive functions in human parietal cortex

Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2001 Apr;11(2):157-63. doi: 10.1016/s0959-4388(00)00191-4.


Functional neuroimaging has proven highly valuable in mapping human sensory regions, particularly visual areas in occipital cortex. Recent evidence suggests that human parietal cortex may also consist of numerous specialized subregions similar to those reported in neurophysiological studies of non-human primates. However, parietal activation generalizes across a wide variety of cognitive tasks and the extension of human brain mapping into higher-order "association cortex" may prove to be a challenge.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Attention / physiology*
  • Brain Mapping*
  • Cognition / physiology*
  • Eye Movements / physiology*
  • Forecasting
  • Haplorhini
  • Humans
  • Parietal Lobe / physiology*
  • Species Specificity