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The Prefrontal CortexExecutive and Cognitive Functions$
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A. C. Roberts, T. W. Robbins, and L. Weiskrantz

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198524410

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198524410.001.0001

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Discussions and conclusions

Discussions and conclusions

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The Prefrontal Cortex

A. C. Roberts

T. W. Robbins

L. Weiskrantz

Oxford University Press

This chapter elaborates the Discussion Meeting held at the Royal Society regarding cognitive and executive processes of the prefrontal cortex. It highlights the main aim of this meeting, which was to determine the extent it was possible to use cross-species comparisons to advance theoretical knowledge about the prefrontal cortex in man and how far evidence from a number of disciplines could converge to provide a coherent evolutionary perspective about the functions of the prefrontal cortex. From the outcome of this meeting it can be seen that the development of ingenious new variants of basic paradigms is providing measures capable of dissecting different components of tasks suitable for the testing of both monkey and human subjects. For humans, such tasks can be employed in the neuroimaging as well as the clinical context, and are beginning to be defined sufficiently precisely for the purposes of computational modelling.

Keywords:   Discussion Meeting, cognitive, executive, prefrontal cortex, neuroimaging, computational modelling

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