Psychological structure and neural correlates of event knowledge

Jacqueline N. Wood, Kristine M. Knutson, Jordan Grafman*

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Humans are capable of storing and retrieving sequences of complex structured events. Here we report a study in which we establish the psychological structure of event knowledge and then use parametric event-related functional magnetic resonance imaging to identify its neural correlates. We demonstrate that event knowledge is organized along dissociable dimensions that are reflected in distinctive patterns of neural activation: social valence (amygdala and right orbitofrontal cortex), experience (medial prefrontal cortex) and engagement (left orbitofrontal cortex). Our study affirms the importance and uniqueness of the human prefrontal cortex in representing event knowledge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1155-1161
Number of pages7
JournalCerebral Cortex
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2005


  • Amygdala
  • Functional MRI
  • Multidimensional scaling
  • Prefrontal cortex
  • Scripts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience


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