Cerebellum And Cognition

Possibly the most exciting aspect of cerebellar research in recent years is the converging evidence demonstrating the importance of the cerebellar computational properties for cognition. In 1986, in a seminal work, Henrietta Leiner, Alan Leiner, and Robert Dow challenged the scientific community's generally accepted dogma that the cerebellum is a pure motor structure. Their work was based mainly on anatomic and phylogenetic considerations and they proposed a significant role for the cerebellum in mental functions. Since then, clinical, experimental, and particularly functional neuroimaging data have been reported indicating cerebellar participation in a variety of cognitive functions from mood control to language, from attention to timing, and from spatial data management to memory. This completely new field in cerebellar research has profoundly affected our knowledge of what the cerebellum does and has forced us to reconsider the generally accepted theories on the cerebellar function.

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