The Prefontal Cortex

Executive functions take place in the prefrontal cortex of the brain. I love the term that Stanislas Dehaene uses to describe this part of the brain—a global neuronal workspace. The prefrontal cortex is responsible for the ability to exchange information across the high-level areas of the brain, Dehaene says, so that our behavior can be guided by our accumulated knowledge. That’s the beauty and the purpose of executive functions: they enable us to control ourselves, to reflect deeply, and to consider things from multiple points of view, as we’ll see below.


Insightful description of its purpose in executive function, taking the information stored in our brains to control the rest of it.

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 Mind in the Making
Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Galinsky, Ellen (2010-04-20), Mind in the Making, HarperCollins, Retrieved on 2013-12-30
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