The Prefrontal Cortex: Executive and Cognitive Functions

Paperback | June 1, 1998

EditorA. C. Roberts, T. W. Robbins, L. Weiskrantz

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The role of the prefrontal cortex is one of the most topical and important areas of research in contemporary neuropsychology. This cortical region appears to be linked with executive processes affecting many diverse areas of cognitive function. Working memory, information processing,behavioural organization, attention, judgement, and the ability to cope with novel experiences are just some of the diverse processes it affects. This book brings together contributions from some of the world's leading researchers on the prefrontal cortex. They discuss the many recent theoreticaland technical advances in the field - for example in our understanding of the neural architecture of the prefrontal cortex, in the development of comparable texts of cognition in humans and other primates, in our understanding of the relationships between neuronal activity and behaviour, and in theincreasing use of functional neuroimaging to identify different levels of organization within the prefrontal cortex. These important developments make this an ideal time to address the many questions and debates that have arisen about the role and functional organization of this area of the brain.One of the first books to be written on the subject, The Prefrontal Cortex is a state-of-the-art account of our knowledge of this exciting subject. It will be welcomed by all researchers and students in neuro- and cognitive psychology, and neuroscience.

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The role of the prefrontal cortex is one of the most topical and important areas of research in contemporary neuropsychology. This cortical region appears to be linked with executive processes affecting many diverse areas of cognitive function. Working memory, information processing,behavioural organization, attention, judgement, and t...

Angela Roberts is at University of Cambridge. Trevor Robbins is at University of Cambridge.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.55 inPublished:June 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

1. Roberts Theories and Models of Executive Function Based on Neuropsychological Studies in Humans: Introduction2. Baddeley and Della Sala: Working memory and executive control3. Shallice and Burgess: The domain of supervisory processes and temporal organization of behaviour4. Damasio Neurobiological and Neuropsychological Approaches to the Study of Cognitive and Executive Function: The somatic marker hypothesis and the possible functions of the prefrontal cortex5. Pandya and Yeterian: Comparison of prefrontal architecture and connections6. Rolls: The orbitofrontal cortex7. Goldman-Rakic: The prefrontal landscape: implications of functional architecture for understanding human mentation and the central executive8. Petrides: Specialized systems for the precessing of mnemonic information within the prinmate frontal cortex9. Robbins: Dissociating executive functions of the prefrontal cortex10. Passingham: Attention to action11. Diamond: Evidence of the importance of dopamine for prefrontal cortex functions early in life12. Weinberger and Berman: Prefrontal function in schizophrenia: confounds and controversies13. Frith: The role of the prefrontal cortex in self-consciousness: the case of auditory hallucinations14. Cohen, Braver, O'Reilly: A computational approach to prefrontal cortex, cognitive control and schizophrenia: recent developments and current challenges15. Roberts and Robbins: Conclusions

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`'...the editors of the present volume...assembled a stallar cast and prepared an effective, concise volume.''Steven P. Wise, Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Vol. 3, No. 7