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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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Physiology of Executive Functions: The Perception-Action Cycle

Physiology of Executive Functions: The Perception-Action Cycle

(p.96) 6 Physiology of Executive Functions: The Perception-Action Cycle
Principles of Frontal Lobe Function

Joaquín M. Fuster

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the executive functions of the prefrontal cortex against the background of its position in the neocortical map of cognitive representations. It attempts to place prefrontal functions within the broad framework of the cortical substrate of long-term memory, which is formed by a complex array of widely distributed, overlapping, and intersecting neuronal networks in the neocortex of association. The chapter then presents a conceptual model of the distribution of long-term memory in the neocortex. The chapter concludes with a brief discussion of microelectrode data from the lateral prefrontal cortex that not only reaffirm the anchoring of its functions in long-term memory but also provide insight into the mechanisms of temporal integration, which is cardinal among those functions.

Keywords:   prefrontal cortex, cognitive representations, nerocortex, association, long-term memory, executive memory

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