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Frontal lobe functions, dysfunctions, and tests

What do the frontal lobes do and control, and what dysfunctions happen when they are damaged?

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The Frontal lobes

The frontal lobes are the areas which:

1). Mediate the ability to engage in abstract thought
2). Organize behaviour in logical sequences and in temporal order
3). Inhibit the response to the environment

The frontal lobes are regarded as the cortical locus of 'higher learning', or 'higher order functioning.' The specific potion of the frontal lobes that are responsible for maintaining such cognitive behaviours is called the PREFRONTAL CORTEX.

Luria (1973) has suggested that the prefrontal cortex is essential for planning, making goals and verifying behaviour. These processes are collectively known as 'executive functions.' This area of the brain also has a role to play in regulating social behaviour and personality.

The frontal lobes are the most recently developed part of the cerebrum; the lobes contain the PREMOTOR CORTEX and thus regulate both pain and voluntary movements. The frontal lobes are also extremely important as they are a great integrator of neural ...

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