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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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Association Pathways of the Prefrontal Cortex and Functional Observations

Association Pathways of the Prefrontal Cortex and Functional Observations

(p.31) 3 Association Pathways of the Prefrontal Cortex and Functional Observations
Principles of Frontal Lobe Function

Michael Petrides

Deepak N. Pandya

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the association pathways linking post-Rolandic cortical areas with particular prefrontal cortical regions, including comments on their possible functional significance. It shows that the prefrontal cortical areas that receive input from particular post-Rolandic regions give rise to efferent connections that are directed back to the same areas from which they received input. These pathways provide particular prefrontal areas with sensory-specific or multimodal information and, at the same time, provide the means by which the prefrontal cortical areas can regulate information processing in the posterior cortical areas.

Keywords:   post-Rolandic cortical areas, prefrontal cortical regions, parietal cortex, frontal cortex, temporal cortex

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