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The anterior temporal lobes and the functional architecture of semantic memory

  • W. KYLE SIMMONS (a1) and ALEX MARTIN (a1)


Recently, three accounts have emerged on the role of the anterior temporal lobes (ATLs) in semantic memory. One account claims that the ATLs are domain-general semantic hubs, another claims that they underlie knowledge of unique entities specifically, and yet another account claims that they support social conceptual knowledge generally. Here, we review neuropsychological and neuroimaging studies that bear on these three accounts and offer suggestions for future research to elucidate the roles of the ATLs in semantic memory. (JINS, 2009, 15, 645–649.)


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*Correspondence and reprint requests to: W. Kyle Simmons, Ph.D, Laboratory of Brain & Cognition, National Institute of Mental Health, Building 10, Room 4C-104, MSC 1366, Bethesda, MD 20892-1366. E-mail:


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