Regulating Action

Don M. Tucker and Phan Luu

in Cognition and Neural Development

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199838523
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199985654 | DOI:
Regulating Action

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This chapter considers the neurophysiological mechanisms of learning in relation to specific requirements of motivated (viscerally charged) sensory and motor (somatic) operations. It shows that complex abilities in self-regulation, often described as executive functions, can be understood to emerge through the human elaboration of more elementary capacities for motivational control of action. The capacity for working memory is integral to complex plans, and to complex choices in self-control. The frontal lobe's contribution to working memory is closely linked to action regulation, and to the motive base of action in the limbic networks. The dorsal and ventral divisions of the frontal lobe operate in tandem with their dorsal and ventral counterparts in the posterior brain. Linked in a kind of opponent reciprocity, the frontal-temporoparietal networks of each division provide coherent organization to action regulation.

Keywords: learning; neurophysiological mechanisms; executive functions; working memory; motor control; dorsal division; ventral division; frontal lobe

Chapter.  12775 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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