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The Prefrontal Cortex : Executive and Cognitive Functions
Roberts, Angela C., Trevor W. Robbins and Lawrence Weiskrantz
OUP - POD - firm sale / Softcover / 1998-07-01 / 0198524412
Neuroscience
price: $210.00 (may be subject to change)
256 pages
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The role of the prefrontal cortex is one of the most topical and important areas of research in contemporary neuropsychology. This cortical region appears to be linked with executive processes affecting many diverse areas of cognitive function. Working memory, information processing, behavioural organization, attention, judgement, and the ability to cope with novel experiences are just some of the diverse processes it affects. This book brings together contributions from some of the world's leading researchers on the prefrontal cortex. They discuss the many recent theoretical and technical advances in the field - for example in our understanding of the neural architecture of the prefrontal cortex, in the development of comparable texts of cognition in humans and other primates, in our understanding of the relationships between neuronal activity and behaviour, and in the increasing use of functional neuroimaging to identify different levels of organization within the prefrontal cortex. These important developments make this an ideal time to address the many questions and debates that have arisen about the role and functional organization of this area of the brain. One of the first books to be written on the subject, The Prefrontal Cortex is a state-of-the-art account of our knowledge of this exciting subject. It will be welcomed by all researchers and students in neuro- and cognitive psychology, and neuroscience.

Table of Contents:

1. Roberts Theories and Models of Executive Function Based on Neuropsychological Studies in Humans: Introduction
2. Baddeley and Della Sala: Working memory and executive control
3. Shallice and Burgess: The domain of supervisory processes and temporal organization of behaviour
4. Damasio Neurobiological and Neuropsychological Approaches to the Study of Cognitive and Executive Function: The somatic marker hypothesis and the possible functions of the prefrontal cortex
5. Pandya and Yeterian: Comparison of prefrontal architecture and connections
6. Rolls: The orbitofrontal cortex
7. Goldman-Rakic: The prefrontal landscape: implications of functional architecture for understanding human mentation and the central executive
8. Petrides: Specialized systems for the precessing of mnemonic information within the prinmate frontal cortex
9. Robbins: Dissociating executive functions of the prefrontal cortex
10. Passingham: Attention to action
11. Diamond: Evidence of the importance of dopamine for prefrontal cortex functions early in life
12. Weinberger and Berman: Prefrontal function in schizophrenia: confounds and controversies
13. Frith: The role of the prefrontal cortex in self-consciousness: the case of auditory hallucinations
14. Cohen, Braver, O'Reilly: A computational approach to prefrontal cortex, cognitive control and schizophrenia: recent developments and current challenges
15. Roberts and Robbins: Conclusions


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