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Principles of Frontal Lobe Function$
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Donald T. Stuss and Robert T. Knight

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195134971

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195134971.001.0001

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The Frontal Cortex and Working with Memory

The Frontal Cortex and Working with Memory

(p.188) 12 The Frontal Cortex and Working with Memory
Principles of Frontal Lobe Function

Morris Moscovitch

Gordon Winocur

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on studies from animal and human-based research that reflect a general approach and provide converging evidence in support of the working-with-memory (WWM) model. It suggests that as WWM structures, regions of the frontal cortex (FC) operate strategically on information delivered to the medial-temporal/diencephalic system and recovered from it, thereby conferring “intelligence” to what essentially is a “stupid” medial temporal lobe/diencephalic system. The FC is needed to implement encoding and retrieval strategies. The latter includes initiating and directing search in accordance with the demands of the task, monitoring and verifying recovered memories, and placing them in the proper temporal-spatial context.

Keywords:   memory, animal studies, prefrontal cortex, working-with-memory model, frontal cortex

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