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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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Comparison of prefrontal architecture and connections

Comparison of prefrontal architecture and connections

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The Prefrontal Cortex

D. N. Pandya

E. H. Yeterian

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the connectional information from experiments in monkeys specifically designed to reveal afferent connectivity of prefrontal regions, and its functional implications. It emphasizes that the architectonic areas that have been redesignated to correspond to each other in the monkey and the human brain appear to have common morphological features. Although there are common patterns of laminar distribution of neurons for any pair of corresponding areas in the human and the monkey brain, this should not be construed as implying that these areas have identical cellular composition. It conclusively states that the results obtained from the experimental studies are consistent with an overall dichotomy between dorsal and ventral frontal regions, with the former involved in spatial functions and the latter in processes in which specific stimuli are the focus of behaviour.

Keywords:   prefrontal regions, architectonic areas, monkey, human, cortical connectivity, dichotomy

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