Intraparietal sulcus

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Brain: Intraparietal sulcus
Lateral surface of left cerebral hemisphere, viewed from the side. (Intraparietal sulcus visible at upper right, running horizontally.)
Principal fissures and lobes of the cerebrum viewed laterally. (Fissures not labeled, but parietal lobe is colored yellow.)
Latin sulcus intraparietalis
Gray's subject #189 822
Part of Parietal lobe
Acronym(s) IPS
NeuroNames hier-79
Dorlands/Elsevier 12768887/s_28

The intraparietal sulcus (IPS) is located on the lateral surface of the parietal lobe, and consists of an oblique and a horizontal portion. The IPS contains a series of functionally distinct subregions that have been intensively investigated using both single cell neurophysiology in primates[1][2] and human functional neuroimaging[3]. Its principle functions are related to perceptual-motor coordination (for directing eye movements and reaching) and visual attention.

The IPS is also thought to play a role in other functions, including processing symbolic numerical information[4], and interpreting the intent of others.[5]

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  1. Colby, C.E., & Goldberg, M.E. (1999). Space and attention in parietal cortex. Annual Review of Neuroscience, 22, 319–349.
  2. Andersen, R.A. (1989). Visual and eye movement functions of the posterior parietal cortex. Annual Review of Neuroscience, 12, 377–403.
  3. Culham, J.C. & Kanwisher, N.G. (2001) Neuroimaging of cognitive functions in human parietal cortex. Current Opinion in Neurobiology, 11, 157-63.
  4. Cantlon J, Brannon E, Carter E, Pelphrey K (2006). "Functional imaging of numerical processing in adults and 4-y-old children". PLoS Biol. 4 (5): e125. PMID 16594732. link
  5. Grafton, Hamilton (2006). "Dartmouth Study Finds How The Brain Interprets The Intent Of Others". Science Daily.

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