The posterior parietal cortex and long-term memory representation of spatial information

Neurobiol Learn Mem. 2009 Feb;91(2):197-206. doi: 10.1016/j.nlm.2008.09.004. Epub 2008 Oct 22.


The hypothesis to be explored in this chapter is based on the assumption that the posterior parietal cortex (PPC) is directly involved in representing a subset of the spatial features associated with spatial information processing and plays an important role in perceptual memory as well as long-term memory encoding, consolidation, and retrieval of spatial information. After presentation of the anatomical location of the PPC in rats, the nature of PPC representation based on single spatial features, binding of visual features associated with visual spatial attention, binding of object-place associations associated with acquisition and storage of associations where one of the elements is a spatial component, and binding of ideothetic and allothetic information in long-term memory is discussed. Additional evidence for a PPC role in mediation of spatial information in long-term storage is offered. Finally, the relationship between the PPC and the hippocampus from a systems and dynamic point view is presented.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Association Learning / physiology
  • Attention / physiology
  • Discrimination Learning / physiology
  • Exploratory Behavior / physiology
  • Haplorhini
  • Head
  • Hippocampus / physiology
  • Humans
  • Maze Learning / physiology
  • Memory / physiology*
  • Neurons / physiology
  • Orientation
  • Parietal Lobe / anatomy & histology
  • Parietal Lobe / physiology*
  • Rats
  • Space Perception / physiology*
  • Visual Perception / physiology