Neurobiology of Executive Functions: Catecholamine Influences on Prefrontal Cortical Functions

@article{Arnsten2005NeurobiologyOE,
  title={Neurobiology of Executive Functions: Catecholamine Influences on Prefrontal Cortical Functions},
  author={Amy F. T. Arnsten and Bao-Ming Li},
  journal={Biological Psychiatry},
  year={2005},
  volume={57},
  pages={1377-1384}
}
The prefrontal cortex guides behaviors, thoughts, and feelings using representational knowledge, i.e., working memory. These fundamental cognitive abilities subserve the so-called executive functions: the ability to inhibit inappropriate behaviors and thoughts, regulate our attention, monitor our actions, and plan and organize for the future. Neuropsychological and imaging studies indicate that these prefrontal cortex functions are weaker in patients with attention-deficit/hyperactivity… Expand
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