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Prefrontal cortex and cognitive control: motivating functional hierarchies

How different frontal brain regions contribute to goal-directed behavior is not fully understood. A study now suggests a parallel functional architecture in medial and lateral prefrontal cortex for motivating and selecting behavior.

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Figure 1: The functional architecture of medial and lateral PFC regions suggested by Kouneiher et al.1


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Egner, T. Prefrontal cortex and cognitive control: motivating functional hierarchies. Nat Neurosci 12, 821–822 (2009).

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