Executive Functions

Jordan Grafman*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


This chapter shows that key higher-level cognitive functions known as the executive functions are strongly associated with the human prefrontal cortex (HPFC). It argues that an important way to understand the functions of the HPFC is to adapt the representational model that has been the predominant approach to understanding the neuropsychological aspects of, for example, language processing and object recognition. The representational approach developed is based on the structured event complex framework. This framework claims that there are multiple subcomponents of higher-level knowledge that are stored throughout the HPFC as distinctive domains of memory. The chapter also argues that there are topographical distinctions in where these different aspects of knowledge are stored in the HPFC.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNeuroergonomics
Subtitle of host publicationThe brain at work
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199864683
ISBN (Print)0195177614, 9780195177619
StatePublished - May 1 2009


  • Higher-level knowledge
  • Human prefrontal cortex
  • Neuroergonomics research
  • Representational model
  • Structured event complex

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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