Distinctions between dorsal and ventral premotor areas: anatomical connectivity and functional properties

Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2007 Apr;17(2):234-42. doi: 10.1016/j.conb.2007.02.003. Epub 2007 Feb 20.


The dorsal and ventral premotor areas, together with the primary motor cortex, are believed to have major roles in preparing and executing limb movements. Recent studies have expanded our knowledge of the dorsal and ventral premotor areas, which occupy the lateral part of area 6 in the frontal cortex. It is becoming clear that these two premotor areas, through involvement in distinct cortical networks, take part in unique aspects of motor planning and decision making. New lines of evidence also implicate the lateral premotor areas in planning motor behavior and selecting actions.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Brain Mapping
  • Decision Making / physiology*
  • Frontal Lobe / anatomy & histology
  • Frontal Lobe / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Models, Neurological
  • Motor Activity / physiology*
  • Neural Pathways / anatomy & histology*
  • Neural Pathways / physiology*
  • Parietal Lobe / anatomy & histology
  • Parietal Lobe / physiology*