FMRI evidence for a 'parietal reach region' in the human brain

Exp Brain Res. 2003 Nov;153(2):140-5. doi: 10.1007/s00221-003-1587-1. Epub 2003 Sep 4.


Event-related functional magnetic resonance imaging was used to examine activation in the posterior parietal cortex when subjects made pointing movements or saccades to the same spatial location. One region, well positioned to be homologous to the monkey parietal reach region (PRR), responded preferentially during memory-delay trials in which the subject planned to point to a specific location as compared to trials in which the subject planned to make a saccade to that same location. We therefore conclude that activation in this region is related to specific motor intent; i.e. it encodes information related to the subject's intention to make a specific movement to a particular spatial location.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Arm / physiology
  • Brain Mapping
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Memory / physiology
  • Motor Activity / physiology
  • Movement / physiology*
  • Parietal Lobe / physiology*
  • Psychomotor Performance / physiology*
  • Saccades / physiology
  • Space Perception / physiology*