Brain Scientists Closer to Mapping the Prefrontal Cortex

by Clifton Flack on July 12th, 2009

brain Brain Scientists Closer to Mapping the Prefrontal Cortex

Brain Science Researchers at Japan’s RIKEN Brain Science Institute and Oxford’s Department of Experimental Psychology have gained a better understanding of the prefrontal cortex’s different regions.

The pre-frontal cortex is the brain area responsible for higher level cognitive behavior including decision-making and social conduct.

Fourteen trained macaque monkeys were used to carry out a behavioral task based on the Wisconsin Card-Sorting Test (WCST) – also known as a ‘frontal lobe’ test. The research results suggest that each of the pre-frontal cortex’s regions plays a distinct role. Findings from the study may also help scientists better understand and treat mental diseases like schizophrenia.

Learn more about Long-term Effects of Cognitive Training at the main Mind360 website

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