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Sensorimotor Foundations of Higher
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Patrick Haggard

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780199231447

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231447.001.0001

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The cognitive architecture of the human lateral prefrontal cortex

The cognitive architecture of the human lateral prefrontal cortex

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(p.482) (p.483) 22 The cognitive architecture of the human lateral prefrontal cortex
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Sensorimotor Foundations of Higher Cognition
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Etienne Koechlin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231447.003.0022

This chapter proposes a theory to describe the overall architecture of human lateral prefrontal functions based on recent neuroimaging results. It describes an information-theoretic approach to cognitive control that clarifies how cognitive control works as a unitary function though operating through multiple, interacting functional components implemented in distinct lateral prefrontal cortex (LPFC) regions. The theory suggests a basic segregation between two embedded prefrontal executive systems involved in the temporal and hierarchical organization of action and thought.

Keywords:   prefrontal functions, neuroimaging, cognitive control, LPFC, action, thought

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