Motivation and cognitive control in the human prefrontal cortex

  title={Motivation and cognitive control in the human prefrontal cortex},
  author={F. Kouneiher and S. Charron and E. Koechlin},
  journal={Nature Neuroscience},
  • F. Kouneiher, S. Charron, E. Koechlin
  • Published 2009
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Nature Neuroscience
  • The prefrontal cortex (PFC) subserves cognitive control, that is, the ability to select thoughts or actions in relation to internal goals. Little is known, however, about how the PFC combines motivation and the selection processes underlying cognitive control. We used functional magnetic resonance imaging in humans and found that the medial and lateral PFC have a parallel hierarchical organization from posterior to anterior regions for motivating and selecting behaviors, respectively. Moreover… CONTINUE READING
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