Role of perirhinal cortex in object perception, memory, and associations

Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2001 Apr;11(2):188-93. doi: 10.1016/s0959-4388(00)00195-1.


The perirhinal cortex plays a key role in acquiring knowledge about objects. It contributes to at least four cognitive functions, and recent findings provide new insights into how the perirhinal cortex contributes to each: first, it contributes to recognition memory in an automatic fashion; second, it probably contributes to perception as well as memory; third, it helps identify objects by associating together the different sensory features of an object; and fourth, it associates objects with other objects and with abstractions.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Association Learning / physiology
  • Discrimination Learning / physiology
  • Haplorhini
  • Humans
  • Memory / physiology*
  • Perception / physiology*
  • Recognition, Psychology / physiology*
  • Temporal Lobe / physiology*