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Title: The neural network for tool-related cognition: An activation likelihood estimation meta-analysis of 70 neuroimaging contrasts
Authors: Ishibashi, Ryo
Pobric, Gorana
Saito, Satoru  kyouindb  KAKEN_id  orcid (unconfirmed)
Lambon Ralph, Matthew A.
Author's alias: 石橋, 遼
齊藤, 智
Keywords: Tool
semantic representation
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Routledge
Journal title: Cognitive Neuropsychology
Volume: 33
Issue: 3-4
Start page: 241
End page: 256
Abstract: The ability to recognize and use a variety of tools is an intriguing human cognitive function. Multiple neuroimaging studies have investigated neural activations with various types of tool-related tasks. In the present paper, we reviewed tool-related neural activations reported in 70 contrasts from 56 neuroimaging studies and performed a series of activation likelihood estimation (ALE) meta-analyses to identify tool-related cortical circuits dedicated either to general tool knowledge or to task-specific processes. The results indicate the following: (a) Common, task-general processing regions for tools are located in the left inferior parietal lobule (IPL) and ventral premotor cortex; and (b) task-specific regions are located in superior parietal lobule (SPL) and dorsal premotor area for imagining/executing actions with tools and in bilateral occipito-temporal cortex for recognizing/naming tools. The roles of these regions in task-general and task-specific activities are discussed with reference to evidence from neuropsychology, experimental psychology and other neuroimaging studies.
Rights: © 2016 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
DOI(Published Version): 10.1080/02643294.2016.1188798
PubMed ID: 27362967
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