Mechanisms of Conflict Resolution in Prefrontal Cortex

John Jonides, David Badre, Clayton Curtis, Sharon L. Thompson-Schill and Edward E. Smith

in Principles of Frontal Lobe Function

Published in print August 2002 | ISBN: 9780195134971
Published online May 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199864157 | DOI:
Mechanisms of Conflict Resolution in Prefrontal Cortex

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This chapter discusses the psychological process of selectively attending to one source of information to the exclusion of others. In a meta-analysis, it reviews different tasks used to study selective attention, under the construct of conflict resolution, as assessed with functional imaging techniques. Both the anterior cingulate cortex and the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex are involved in some aspect of conflict resolution, which is likely related to different mechanisms. The theme of heterogeneity of function is reflected in these results.

Keywords: selective attention; anterior cingulated cortex; dorsolateral prefrontal cortex; meta-analysis

Chapter.  7502 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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