On the evolutionary origins of executive functions

@article{Ardila2008OnTE,
  title={On the evolutionary origins of executive functions},
  author={Alfredo Ardila},
  journal={Brain and Cognition},
  year={2008},
  volume={68},
  pages={92-99}
}
  • A. Ardila
  • Published 1 October 2008
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Brain and Cognition
In this paper it is proposed that the prefrontal lobe participates in two closely related but different executive function abilities: (1) "metacognitive executive functions": problem solving, planning, concept formation, strategy development and implementation, controlling attention, working memory, and the like; that is, executive functions as they are usually understood in contemporary neuroscience; and (2) "emotional/motivational executive functions": coordinating cognition and emotion… 
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