Structural basis of semantic memory

A. Martin, W. K. Simmons

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Neuropsychological investigations have established that structures in the medial temporal lobes support acquisition of new facts, ideas, and concepts, and that this information is stored in neocortex. Cortical damage can result both in general disorders of conceptual information about objects and category-specific disorders, depending on the extent and location of damage. Functional neuroimaging evidence indicates that information about objects’ salient properties is stored in sensory and motor systems active when that information was acquired. As a result, long-term memory for different object categories is grounded in partially distinct, sensory, and motor property-based neural networks.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLearning and Memory
Subtitle of host publicationA Comprehensive Reference
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9780123705099
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Animate objects
  • Category-specific disorders
  • Fusiform gyrus
  • Middle temporal gyrus
  • Object concepts
  • Parietal cortex
  • Premotor cortex
  • Semantic dementia
  • Superior temporal sulcus
  • Temporal lobes
  • Tools


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