Dissociation of object and spatial processing domains in primate prefrontal cortex

Science  25 Jun 1993:
Vol. 260, Issue 5116, pp. 1955-1958
DOI: 10.1126/science.8316836


Areas and pathways subserving object and spatial vision are segregated in the visual system. Experiments show that the primate prefrontal cortex is similarly segregated into object and spatial domains. Neurons that code information related to stimulus identity are dissociable, both by function and region, from those that code information related to stimulus location. These findings indicate that the prefrontal cortex contains separate processing mechanisms for remembering "what" and "where" an object is.

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