Semantic memory and the brain: structure and processes

Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2001 Apr;11(2):194-201. doi: 10.1016/s0959-4388(00)00196-3.


Recent functional brain imaging studies suggest that object concepts may be represented, in part, by distributed networks of discrete cortical regions that parallel the organization of sensory and motor systems. In addition, different regions of the left lateral prefrontal cortex, and perhaps anterior temporal cortex, may have distinct roles in retrieving, maintaining and selecting semantic information.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Memory / physiology*
  • Mental Processes / physiology
  • Nerve Net / physiology*
  • Prefrontal Cortex / physiology*
  • Recognition, Psychology / physiology
  • Temporal Lobe / physiology*