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The macaque ventral intraparietal area has expanded into three homologue human parietal areas

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The macaque ventral intraparietal area (VIP) in the fundus of the intraparietal sulcus has been implicated in a diverse range of sensorimotor and cognitive functions such as motion processing, multisensory integration, processing of head peripersonal space, defensive behavior, and numerosity coding. Here, we exhaustively review macaque VIP function, cytoarchitectonics, and anatomical connectivity and integrate it with human studies that have attempted to identify a potential human VIP homologue. We show that human VIP research has consistently identified three, rather than one, bilateral parietal areas that each appear to subsume some, but not all, of the macaque area's functionality. Available evidence suggests that this human "VIP complex" has evolved as an expansion of the macaque area, but that some precursory specialization within macaque VIP has been previously overlooked. The three human areas are dominated, roughly, by coding the head or self in the environment, visual heading direction, and the peripersonal environment around the head, respectively. A unifying functional principle may be best described as prediction in space and time, linking VIP to state estimation as a key parietal sensorimotor function. VIP's expansive differentiation of head and self-related processing may have been key in the emergence of human bodily self-consciousness.
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hal-03872695 , version 1 (25-11-2022)

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Celia Foster, Wei-An Sheng, Tobias Heed, Suliann Ben Hamed. The macaque ventral intraparietal area has expanded into three homologue human parietal areas. Progress in Neurobiology, 2021, 209, ⟨10.1016/j.pneurobio.2021.102185⟩. ⟨hal-03872695⟩
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