Human parietal cortex in action

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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.


  • Arm, Eye Movements, Humans, Imitative Behavior, Motor Skills, Movement, Orientation, Parietal Lobe, Psychomotor Performance, Space Perception, Visual Pathways, Journal Article, Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't, Review
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-212
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Opinion in Neurobiology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2006
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