association area

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association area

[ə‚sō·sē′ā·shən ‚er·ē·ə]
(physiology)
An area of the cerebral cortex that is thought to link and coordinate activities of the projection areas.
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A standard view in cognitive science today ties thought to frontal and parietal association areas, where the outputs from sensory and motor processing are integrated in working memory.
The hippocampus can retain memories for a period of minutes, hours, days or even months, but some of its most important functions is to link information and enable the long-term storage of memories elsewhere in the brain, in the cortical association areas.
The experiential aspect of perception is obtained from processing primitive awareness through working memory and referenced through the association areas.
Nevertheless, although it is difficult to distinguish activity in primary visual cortex from that in visual association areas on the basis of those techniques, the ERP results suggest that primary visual cortex is probably not involved: imagery has its earliest effect on the visual ERP at the latency of the first negative component with a presumed extra-striate origin (Farah, 1989).

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