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Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2010 Apr;20(2):242-50. doi: 10.1016/j.conb.2010.03.002. Epub 2010 Apr 8.

Vive les differences! Individual variation in neural mechanisms of executive control.

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Department of Psychology, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, USA. tbraver@artsci.wustl.edu

Abstract

Investigations of individual differences have become increasingly important in the cognitive neuroscience of executive control. For instance, individual variation in lateral prefrontal cortex function (and that of associated regions) has recently been used to identify contributions of executive control processes to a number of domains, including working memory capacity, anxiety, reward/motivation, and emotion regulation. However, the origins of such individual differences remain poorly understood. Recent progress toward identifying the genetic and environmental sources of variation in neural traits, in combination with progress in identifying the causal relationships between neural and cognitive processes, will be essential for developing a mechanistic understanding of executive control.

PMID:
20381337
PMCID:
PMC2904672
DOI:
10.1016/j.conb.2010.03.002
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