Scientific article

The Dorsal Frontoparietal Network: A Core System for Emulated Action

Published inTrends in Cognitive Sciences, vol. 21, no. 8, p. 589-599
Publication date2017

The dorsal frontoparietal network (dFPN) of the human brain assumes a puzzling variety of functions, including motor planning and imagery, mental rotation, spatial attention, and working memory. How can a single network engage in such a diversity of roles? We propose that cognitive computations relying on the dFPN can be pinned down to a core function underlying offline motor planning: action emulation. Emulation creates a dynamic representation of abstract movement kinematics, sustains the internal manipulation of this representation, and ensures its maintenance over short time periods. Based on these fundamental characteristics, the dFPN has evolved from a pure motor control network into a domain-general system supporting various cognitive and motor functions.

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PTAK, Radek, SCHNIDER, Armin, FELLRATH, Julia. The Dorsal Frontoparietal Network: A Core System for Emulated Action. In: Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 2017, vol. 21, n° 8, p. 589–599. doi: 10.1016/j.tics.2017.05.002
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