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Unifying Clinical, Experimental, and Neuroimaging Studies of the Human Frontal Lobes

Brian Levine and Fergus I. M. Craik

in Mind and the Frontal Lobes

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199791569
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919215 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199791569.003.0010
Unifying Clinical, Experimental, and Neuroimaging Studies of the Human Frontal Lobes

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The frontal lobes are central to human cognition and consciousness. This chapter reviews the history of research on frontal lobe function in three eras, from the mid-19th to the mid-20th century, characterized by clinical case studies and qualitative observations of animals with experimental frontal lesions, from the mid-20th century to the late 20th century, containing more organized experimental group studies of animals and humans with frontal lobe lesions, and the current era, characterized by a proliferation of detailed anatomical research using multimodal imaging and sophisticated cognitive science paradigms. Stuss and Benson’s The Frontal Lobes, published in 1986, provided a springboard into the current era by cogently synthesizing anatomical and experimental human and animal research to date. The remainder of this chapter summarizes the contributions to this volume, a Festschrift for Don Stuss.

Keywords: frontal lobes; frontal lobes; neuropsychology; behavioral neurology; cognition

Chapter.  5978 words. 

Subjects: Neuropsychology

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