Brain connectivity in ateles geoffroyi: Resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging of working memory and executive control

Diana Platas-Neri, Silvia Hidalgo-Tobón, Fernando Chico-Ponce De León, Jairo Muñoz-Delgado, Kimberley A. Phillips, Bernarda Téllez-Alanís, Javier Villanueva-Valle, Benito De Celis Alonso

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The objective of this research was to describe the organization and connectivity of the working memory (WM) and executive control (EC) networks in Ateles geoffroyi in resting-state conditions. Recent studies have shown that resting-state activity may underlie rudimentary brain functioning, showing that several brain regions can be tonically active at rest, maximizing the efficiency of information transfer while preserving a low physical connection cost. Whole-brain resting-state images were acquired from three healthy adult Ateles monkeys (2 females, 1 male; mean age 10.5 ± SD 2.5 years). Data were analyzed with independent component analysis, and results were grouped together using the GIFT software. The present study compared the EC and WM networks obtained with human data and with results found in the literature in other primate species. Nine resting-state networks were found, which were similar to resting networks found in healthy human adults in the prefrontal basal portion and frontopolar area. Additionally, components of the WM network were found to be extending into the hypothalamus and the olfactory areas. A key finding was the discovery of connections in the WM and EC networks to the hypothalamus, the motor cortex, and the entorhinal cortex, suggesting that information is integrated from larger brain areas. The correlated areas suggest that many elements of WM and EC may be conserved across primate species. Characterization of these networks in resting-state conditions in nonhuman primate brains is a fundamental prerequisite for understanding of the neural bases underlying the evolution and function of this cognitive system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19-33
Number of pages15
JournalBrain, Behavior and Evolution
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Brain evolution
  • Executive control
  • Functional connectivity
  • New World monkeys
  • Nonhuman primates
  • Working memory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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