Chapter

Fractionating the Central Executive

Alan Baddeley

in Principles of Frontal Lobe Function

Published in print August 2002 | ISBN: 9780195134971
Published online May 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199864157 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195134971.003.0016
Fractionating the Central Executive

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This chapter shows that the frontal lobes play an important role in integrating information from many other areas of the brain, and are crucially involved in its manipulation for purposes such as learning, comprehension, and reasoning. Given that these are precisely the roles attributed to working memory, it seems likely that the functional and anatomical approaches will continue to develop synergistically, as the complex functions assigned to working memory are tackled using an increasingly sophisticated armory of new psychological and neurobiological techniques.

Keywords: fractionation; executive control; working memory; long-term memory; learning; comprehension; reasoning

Chapter.  8085 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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