Imaging Cognition: An Empirical Review of PET Studies with Normal Subjects

J Cogn Neurosci. 1997 Jan;9(1):1-26. doi: 10.1162/jocn.1997.9.1.1.


We review PET studies of higher-order cognitive processes, including attention (sustained and selective), perception (of objects, faces, and locations), language (word listening, reading, and production), working memory (phonological and visuo-spatial), semantic memory retrieval (intentional and incidental), episodic memory retrieval (verbal and nonverbal), priming, and procedural memory (conditioning and skill learning). For each process, we identify activation patterns including the most consistently involved regions. These regions constitute important components of the network of brain regions that underlie each function.