The Representation of Object Concepts in the Brain

Alex Martin
2007 Annual Review of Psychology  
Evidence from functional neuroimaging of the human brain indicates that information about salient properties of an object-such as what it looks like, how it moves, and how it is used-is stored in sensory and motor systems active when that information was acquired. As a result, object concepts belonging to different categories like animals and tools are represented in partially distinct, sensory-and motor property-based neural networks. This suggests that object concepts are not explicitly
more » ... ot explicitly represented, but rather emerge from weighted activity within property-based brain regions. However, some property-based regions seem to show a categorical organization, thus providing evidence consistent with category-based, domain-specific formulations as well. 25 Annu. Rev. Psychol. 2007.58:25-45. Downloaded from arjournals.annualreviews.org by University Of Maryland on 05/06/08. For personal use only.
doi:10.1146/annurev.psych.57.102904.190143 pmid:16968210 fatcat:hmkjl4xfefa2xdjalk4immrqze