Functional neuroanatomy of spatial working memory in children.

C. A. Nelson, C. S. Monk, J. Lin, L. J. Carver, K. M. Thomas, C. L. Truwit

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Abstract

Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) was used to examine spatial working memory in 8- to 11-year-old children tested under three conditions. In the visual condition, children were asked to examine the location of a dot on a screen. In the motor condition, children were instructed to push a button that corresponded to the location of a dot presented on a screen. In the memory condition, children were asked to remember the location of a dot presented 1 or 2 trials previously. Subtracting the activation of the motor condition from the memory condition revealed activity in the dorsal aspects of the prefrontal cortex and in the posterior parietal and anterior cingulate cortex. These findings were also obtained in the analysis of the memory minus visual conditions except that motor cortex activation was also observed. These findings parallel those reported in comparable studies of adults and suggest that fMRI may be a useful means of examining function-structure relations in developmental populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)109-116
Number of pages8
JournalDevelopmental psychology
Volume36
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2000

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