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William Hirstein

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199231904

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231904.001.0001

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The reality and importance of the executive self

The reality and importance of the executive self

(p.134) Chapter 8 The reality and importance of the executive self

William Hirstein

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that the ensemble of executive processes functions is highly unified as a result of several forces working on it. The primary force is dictated by their need to interact at multiple points quickly and without malfunction. There also appear to be areas, such as the polar cortex and the anterior cingulate cortex, that function to coordinate the interactions of executive processes. There are social forces working in the service of unity. We present ourselves to others in our society as unified and consistent beings, partly by using the word ‘I’ to knit together what is actually a diverse set of brain processes.

Keywords:   executive processes, polar cortex, anterior cingulate cortex, social forces

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