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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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Fractionating the Central Executive

Fractionating the Central Executive

(p.246) 16 Fractionating the Central Executive
Principles of Frontal Lobe Function

Alan Baddeley

Oxford University Press

This chapter shows that the frontal lobes play an important role in integrating information from many other areas of the brain, and are crucially involved in its manipulation for purposes such as learning, comprehension, and reasoning. Given that these are precisely the roles attributed to working memory, it seems likely that the functional and anatomical approaches will continue to develop synergistically, as the complex functions assigned to working memory are tackled using an increasingly sophisticated armory of new psychological and neurobiological techniques.

Keywords:   fractionation, executive control, working memory, long-term memory, learning, comprehension, reasoning

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