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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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Fractionation and Localization of Distinct Frontal Lobe Processes: Evidence from Focal Lesions in Humans

Fractionation and Localization of Distinct Frontal Lobe Processes: Evidence from Focal Lesions in Humans

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(p.392) 25 Fractionation and Localization of Distinct Frontal Lobe Processes: Evidence from Focal Lesions in Humans
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Principles of Frontal Lobe Function
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Donald T. Stuss

Michael P. Alexander

Darlene Floden

Malcolm A. Binns

Brian Levine

Anthony R. McIntosh

Natasha Rajah

Stephanie J. Hevenor

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195134971.003.0025

This chapter summarizes a decade or more of research on the functions of the frontal lobes through the study of patients with pathology restricted to that region. It begins with one assumption: there is no unitary frontal lobe process, no central executive. Evidence is presented to demonstrate that different cognitive processes can be related to distinct regions of the frontal lobes. A very brief review of the relation of less cognitive human abilities, such as humor appreciation and theory of mind, provides some support that even higher human abilities depend on the interaction of more distinct localizable functions. The chapter then moves from the location of distinct processes to the interaction of these in networks and cognitive systems. Finally, it presents the implications of the review.

Keywords:   frontal lobes, behavior, cognitive processes, humor, localizable functions

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