Human parietal cortex in action

Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2006 Apr;16(2):205-12. doi: 10.1016/j.conb.2006.03.005. Epub 2006 Mar 24.


Experiments using functional neuroimaging and transcranial magnetic stimulation in humans have revealed regions of the parietal lobes that are specialized for particular visuomotor actions, such as reaching, grasping and eye movements. In addition, the human parietal cortex is recruited by processing and perception of action-related information, even when no overt action occurs. Such information can include object shape and orientation, knowledge about how tools are employed and the understanding of actions made by other individuals. We review the known subregions of the human posterior parietal cortex and the principles behind their organization.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Arm / innervation
  • Arm / physiology
  • Eye Movements / physiology
  • Humans
  • Imitative Behavior / physiology
  • Motor Skills / physiology
  • Movement / physiology*
  • Orientation / physiology*
  • Parietal Lobe / anatomy & histology
  • Parietal Lobe / physiology*
  • Psychomotor Performance / physiology*
  • Space Perception / physiology*
  • Visual Pathways / anatomy & histology
  • Visual Pathways / physiology*