Functions of the medial frontal cortex in the processing of conflict and errors.

@article{Gehring2001FunctionsOT,
  title={Functions of the medial frontal cortex in the processing of conflict and errors.},
  author={William J. Gehring and David Fencsik},
  journal={The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience},
  year={2001},
  volume={21 23},
  pages={9430-7}
}
A principal function of the medial frontal cortex, in particular the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), is to monitor action. The error-related negativity (ERN, or N(E)), an event-related brain potential, reflects medial frontal action-monitoring processes. Specifically, the error-detection theory of the ERN states that the ERN reflects ACC processing that is directly related to detecting the error. This theory predicts that ERN and ACC activity should increase directly with the dissimilarity of… CONTINUE READING
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