Bichot et al find that a particular part of the prefrontal cortex is the source of information about an object when we search for it.  In other words, when you look for your missing keys, this is the part of the brain that reminds you what they look like.

Bichot, Narcisse P., et al. “A Source for Feature-Based Attention in the Prefrontal Cortex.” Neuron (2015).

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