Human prefrontal cortex: Processing and representational perspectives

Jacqueline N. Wood*, Jordan Grafman

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Through evolution, humans have acquired 'higher' cognitive skills — such as language, reasoning and planning — and complex social behaviour. Evidence from neuropsychological and neuroimaging research indicates that the prefrontal cortex (PFC) underlies much of this higher cognition. A number of theories have been proposed for how the PFC might achieve this. Although many of these theories focus on the types of 'process' that the PFC carries out, we argue for the validity of a representational approach to understanding PFC function.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)139-147
Number of pages9
JournalNature Reviews Neuroscience
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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