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Trends Cogn Sci. 2018 Feb;22(2):170-188. doi: 10.1016/j.tics.2017.11.005. Epub 2017 Dec 8.

Frontal Cortex and the Hierarchical Control of Behavior.

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1
Department of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences, Brown University, Providence, RI, USA; Brown Institute for Brain Science, Brown University, Providence, RI, USA. Electronic address: David_Badre@brown.edu.
2
Department of Psychology, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, USA.

Abstract

The frontal lobes are important for cognitive control, yet their functional organization remains controversial. An influential class of theory proposes that the frontal lobes are organized along their rostrocaudal axis to support hierarchical cognitive control. Here, we take an updated look at the literature on hierarchical control, with particular focus on the functional organization of lateral frontal cortex. Our review of the evidence supports neither a unitary model of lateral frontal function nor a unidimensional abstraction gradient. Rather, separate frontal networks interact via local and global hierarchical structure to support diverse task demands.

KEYWORDS:

cognitive control; executive function; frontal lobes

PMID:
29229206
PMCID:
PMC5841250
DOI:
10.1016/j.tics.2017.11.005
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