Chapter 14 - The Executive Brain

Links and Media

Documentary clip discussing Phineas Gage, the prefrontal cortex, and interviews with Antonio Damasio
Interview with Professor Tim Shallice discussing his research into executive functions and other aspects of neuropsychology
Demonstrates some classic tests of frontal lobe function (e.g. Wisconsin card sort) and contains some interviews with experts (such as Patricia Goldman-Rakic)
A lecture from Professor Jamie Ward, author of The Student’s Guide to Cognitive Neuroscience on “The Executive Brain”

Additional Reading

A good review paper discussing how different tests of executive functions are affected by damage to different regions of the prefrontal cortex
Stuss, D. T. & Alexander, M. P. (2007). Is there a dysexecutive syndrome? Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences, 362(1481), 901–915.
A neuropsychological study examining the effects of damage to the most anterior region of the prefrontal cortex
Roca, M., Torralva, T., Gleichgerrcht, E., Woolgar, A., Thompson, R., Duncan, J., & Manes, F. (2011). The role of Area 10 (BA10) in human multitasking and in social cognition: A lesion study. Neuropsychologia, 49(13), 3525–3531.
A study examining how cognitive control and value-based decision making are dissociated
Glascher, J., Adolphs, R., Damasio, H., Bechara, A., Rudrauf, D., Calamia, M., … Tranel, D. (2012). Lesion mapping of cognitive control and value-based decision making in the prefrontal cortex. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 109(36), 14681–14686.