Human Thought and the Lateral Prefrontal Cortex

  title={Human Thought and the Lateral Prefrontal Cortex},
  author={Kalina Christoff},
Human thought is a remarkable evolutionary achievement and one of our species’ defining abilities. It has been closely linked to the prefrontal cortex (PFC) by converging evidence from a wide range of disciplines, from phylogenetic and ontogenetic development, to patient studies and single-cell recordings, to modern neuroimaging. Here I review work on the links between the lateral PFC and two different forms of thought: goal-directed and spontaneous. A special emphasis is placed on the anterior… CONTINUE READING