Functional mapping of the human cerebellum with positron emission tomography

P. T. Fox, M. E. Raichle, W. T. Thach

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

120 Scopus citations


Alterations of local neuronal activity induced within the human cerebellum by tactile stimulation and voluntary movement were mapped with positron emission tomographic measurements of brain blood flow. Finger movements produced bilateral, parasagittal blood-flow increases in anterior, superior hemispheric cortex of the cerebellum. Responses to tactile finger stimulation were coextensive with responses to voluntary finger movements but were less intense. Saccadic eye movements produced midline blood-flow increases in the posterior vermis of the cerebellum. Positron emission tomography now permits investigation of functional-anatomical relations within the human cerebellum.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7462-7466
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Issue number21
StatePublished - 1985
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General


Dive into the research topics of 'Functional mapping of the human cerebellum with positron emission tomography'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this