Prefrontal cortex

The prefrontal cortex is a cortical area located in the anterior frontal lobe, including several subdivisions (e.g. ventromedial, dorsolateral, orbitofrontal cortices). The prefrontal cortex functions in cognitive control (e.g. planning, attention, problem-solving, error-monitoring, decision-making, social cognition, and working memory).

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    | Open Access

    Regina C. Lapate et al. study the role of lateral prefrontal cortex (LPFC) in metacognitive awareness in humans. They use transcranial magnetic stimulation, emotional face stimuli and model-based analyses to demonstrate that LPFC function promotes metacognitive awareness of the orientation, but not the emotional expression, of human faces.

    • Regina C. Lapate
    • , Jason Samaha
    • , Bas Rokers
    • , Bradley R. Postle
    •  & Richard J. Davidson
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    | Open Access

    Depression is correlated with many brain-related traits. Here, Shen et al. perform phenome-wide association studies of a depression polygenic risk score (PRS) and find associations with 51 behavioural and 26 neuroimaging traits which are further followed up on using Mendelian randomization and mediation analyses.

    • Xueyi Shen
    • , David M. Howard
    • , Mark J. Adams
    • , W. David Hill
    • , Toni-Kim Clarke
    • , Mark J. Adams
    • , Toni-Kim Clarke
    • , Andrew M. McIntosh
    • , Ian J. Deary
    • , Naomi R. Wray
    • , Stephan Ripke
    • , Manuel Mattheisen
    • , Maciej Trzaskowski
    • , Enda M. Byrne
    • , Abdel Abdellaoui
    • , Esben Agerbo
    • , Tracy M. Air
    • , Till F. M. Andlauer
    • , Silviu-Alin Bacanu
    • , Marie Bækvad-Hansen
    • , Aartjan T. F. Beekman
    • , Tim B. Bigdeli
    • , Elisabeth B. Binder
    • , Julien Bryois
    • , Henriette N. Buttenschøn
    • , Jonas Bybjerg-Grauholm
    • , Na Cai
    • , Enrique Castelao
    • , Jane Hvarregaard Christensen
    • , Jonathan R. I. Coleman
    • , Lucía Colodro-Conde
    • , Baptiste Couvy-Duchesne
    • , Nick Craddock
    • , Gregory E. Crawford
    • , Gail Davies
    • , Franziska Degenhardt
    • , Eske M. Derks
    • , Nese Direk
    • , Conor V. Dolan
    • , Erin C. Dunn
    • , Thalia C. Eley
    • , Valentina Escott-Price
    • , Farnush Farhadi Hassan Kiadeh
    • , Hilary K. Finucane
    • , Jerome C. Foo
    • , Andreas J. Forstner
    • , Josef Frank
    • , Héléna A. Gaspar
    • , Michael Gill
    • , Fernando S. Goes
    • , Scott D. Gordon
    • , Jakob Grove
    • , Lynsey S. Hall
    • , Christine Søholm Hansen
    • , Thomas F. Hansen
    • , Stefan Herms
    • , Ian B. Hickie
    • , Per Hoffmann
    • , Georg Homuth
    • , Carsten Horn
    • , Jouke-Jan Hottenga
    • , David M. Hougaard
    • , David M. Howard
    • , Marcus Ising
    • , Rick Jansen
    • , Ian Jones
    • , Lisa A. Jones
    • , Eric Jorgenson
    • , James A. Knowles
    • , Isaac S. Kohane
    • , Julia Kraft
    • , Warren W. Kretzschmar
    • , Zoltán Kutalik
    • , Yihan Li
    • , Penelope A. Lind
    • , Donald J. MacIntyre
    • , Dean F. MacKinnon
    • , Robert M. Maier
    • , Wolfgang Maier
    • , Jonathan Marchini
    • , Hamdi Mbarek
    • , Patrick McGrath
    • , Peter McGuffin
    • , Sarah E. Medland
    • , Divya Mehta
    • , Christel M. Middeldorp
    • , Evelin Mihailov
    • , Yuri Milaneschi
    • , Lili Milani
    • , Francis M. Mondimore
    • , Grant W. Montgomery
    • , Sara Mostafavi
    • , Niamh Mullins
    • , Matthias Nauck
    • , Bernard Ng
    • , Michel G. Nivard
    • , Dale R. Nyholt
    • , Paul F. O’Reilly
    • , Hogni Oskarsson
    • , Michael J. Owen
    • , Jodie N. Painter
    • , Carsten Bøcker Pedersen
    • , Marianne Giørtz Pedersen
    • , Roseann E. Peterson
    • , Erik Pettersson
    • , Wouter J. Peyrot
    • , Giorgio Pistis
    • , Danielle Posthuma
    • , Jorge A. Quiroz
    • , Per Qvist
    • , John P. Rice
    • , Brien P. Riley
    • , Margarita Rivera
    • , Saira Saeed Mirza
    • , Robert Schoevers
    • , Eva C. Schulte
    • , Ling Shen
    • , Jianxin Shi
    • , Stanley I. Shyn
    • , Engilbert Sigurdsson
    • , Grant C. B. Sinnamon
    • , Johannes H. Smit
    • , Daniel J. Smith
    • , Hreinn Stefansson
    • , Stacy Steinberg
    • , Fabian Streit
    • , Jana Strohmaier
    • , Katherine E. Tansey
    • , Henning Teismann
    • , Alexander Teumer
    • , Wesley Thompson
    • , Pippa A. Thomson
    • , Thorgeir E. Thorgeirsson
    • , Matthew Traylor
    • , Jens Treutlein
    • , Vassily Trubetskoy
    • , Andrés G. Uitterlinden
    • , Daniel Umbricht
    • , Sandra Van der Auwera
    • , Albert M. van Hemert
    • , Alexander Viktorin
    • , Peter M. Visscher
    • , Yunpeng Wang
    • , Bradley T. Webb
    • , Shantel Marie Weinsheimer
    • , Jürgen Wellmann
    • , Gonneke Willemsen
    • , Stephanie H. Witt
    • , Yang Wu
    • , Hualin S. Xi
    • , Jian Yang
    • , Futao Zhang
    • , Volker Arolt
    • , Bernhard T. Baune
    • , Klaus Berger
    • , Dorret I. Boomsma
    • , Sven Cichon
    • , Udo Dannlowski
    • , E. J. C. de Geus
    • , J. Raymond DePaulo
    • , Enrico Domenici
    • , Katharina Domschke
    • , Tõnu Esko
    • , Hans J. Grabe
    • , Steven P. Hamilton
    • , Caroline Hayward
    • , Andrew C. Heath
    • , Kenneth S. Kendler
    • , Stefan Kloiber
    • , Glyn Lewis
    • , Qingqin S. Li
    • , Susanne Lucae
    • , Pamela A. F. Madden
    • , Patrik K. Magnusson
    • , Nicholas G. Martin
    • , Andres Metspalu
    • , Ole Mors
    • , Preben Bo Mortensen
    • , Bertram Müller-Myhsok
    • , Merete Nordentoft
    • , Markus M. Nöthen
    • , Michael C. O’Donovan
    • , Sara A. Paciga
    • , Nancy L. Pedersen
    • , Brenda W. J. H. Penninx
    • , Roy H. Perlis
    • , David J. Porteous
    • , James B. Potash
    • , Martin Preisig
    • , Marcella Rietschel
    • , Catherine Schaefer
    • , Thomas G. Schulze
    • , Jordan W. Smoller
    • , Kari Stefansson
    • , Henning Tiemeier
    • , Rudolf Uher
    • , Henry Völzke
    • , Myrna M. Weissman
    • , Thomas Werge
    • , Cathryn M. Lewis
    • , Douglas F. Levinson
    • , Gerome Breen
    • , Anders D. Børglum
    • , Patrick F. Sullivan
    • , Ian J. Deary
    • , Heather C. Whalley
    •  & Andrew M. McIntosh

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