A network linking scene perception and spatial memory systems in posterior cerebral cortex

Adam Steel, Madeleine Billings, Edward H. Silson, Caroline E. Robertson

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Abstract

The neural systems supporting scene-perception and spatial-memory systems of the human brain are well-described. But how do these neural systems interact? Here, using fine-grained individual-subject fMRI, we report three cortical areas of the human brain, each lying immediately anterior to a region of the scene perception network in posterior cerebral cortex, that selectively activate when recalling familiar real-world locations. Despite their close proximity to the scene-perception areas, network analyses show that these regions constitute a distinct functional network that interfaces with spatial memory systems during naturalistic scene understanding. These “place-memory areas” offer a new framework for understanding how the brain implements memory-guided visual behaviors, including navigation.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2632
JournalNature Communications
Volume12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 May 2021

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