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Curr Neurol Neurosci Rep. 2001 Nov;1(6):547-52.

Frontal lobe functions.

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Behavioural Neurology Program and Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care, 3560 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario M6A 2EI, Canada.


The frontal lobes constitute two thirds of the human brain, yet the functions performed by them remained mysterious for a long time. Apart from their well-known involvement in motor function and language, little was previously known about the functions of the frontal lobes. Recent advances have uncovered important roles for the frontal lobes in a multitude of cognitive processes, such as executive function, attention, memory, and language. The importance of the frontal lobes in processes underlying affect, mood, personality, self-awareness, as well as social and moral reasoning, is also a renewed area for research. This article focuses on recent advances in understanding frontal lobe functions.

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