Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

More than working memory rides on long-term memory

Joaquín M. Fuster a1
a1 Neuropsychiatric Institute, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90095


Single-unit data from the cortex of monkeys performing working-memory tasks support the main point of the target article. Those data, however, also indicate that the activation of long-term memory is essential to the processing of all cognitive functions. The activation of cortical long-term memory networks is a key neural mechanism in attention (working memory is a form thereof), perception, memory acquisition and retrieval, intelligence, and language.