The role of executive function and the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex in the expression of neuroticism and conscientiousness

Chad E. Forbes, Joshua C. Poore, Frank Krueger, Aron K. Barbey, Jeffrey Solomon, Jordan Henry Grafman

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Abstract

The current study examined how specific neurological systems contribute to the expression of multiple personality dimensions. We used individuals with traumatic brain injuries to examine the contribution of the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC)-a region important for executive function and attention-to the expression of neuroticism and conscientiousness factors and facets. Results from Voxel-Based Lesion-Symptom Mapping analyses revealed that focal damage to the left DLPFC (Brodmann's area 9) was associated with high neuroticism and low conscientious factor and facet scores (anxiety and self-discipline, respectively). Compared with lesioned and normal controls, veterans with damage in left DLPFC also reported higher neuroticism and lower conscientiousness facet scores, slower reaction times on the California Computerized Assessment Package assessment, and lower scores on the Delis-Kaplan executive function battery. Findings suggest that while neuroticism and conscientiousness remain psychometrically independent personality dimensions, their component facets may rely on a common neurocognitive infrastructure and executive function resources in general. This work was authored as part of the Contributor's official duties as an Employee of the United States Government and is therefore a work of the United States Government. In accordance with 17 U.S.C. 105, no copyright protection is available for such works under U.S. Law.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)139-151
Number of pages13
JournalSocial neuroscience
Volume9
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2014

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Keywords

  • Conscientiousness
  • DLPC
  • Executive function
  • Neuroticism
  • Personality
  • Self-control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Development
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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Forbes, Chad E. ; Poore, Joshua C. ; Krueger, Frank ; Barbey, Aron K. ; Solomon, Jeffrey ; Grafman, Jordan Henry. / The role of executive function and the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex in the expression of neuroticism and conscientiousness. In: Social neuroscience. 2014 ; Vol. 9, No. 2. pp. 139-151.
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In: Social neuroscience, Vol. 9, No. 2, 01.03.2014, p. 139-151.

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