Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports

, Volume 1, Issue 6, pp 547–552 | Cite as

Frontal lobe functions

  • Cèline Chayer
  • Morris Freedman


The frontal lobes constitute two thirds of the human brain, yet the functions performed by them remained mysterious for a long time. Apart from their well-known involvement in motor function and language, little was previously known about the functions of the frontal lobes. Recent advances have uncovered important roles for the frontal lobes in a multitude of cognitive processes, such as executive function, attention, memory, and language. The importance of the frontal lobes in processes underlying affect, mood, personality, selfawareness, as well as social and moral reasoning, is also a renewed area for research. This article focuses on recent advances in understanding frontal lobe functions.


Frontal Lobe Prospective Memory Retrograde Amnesia Wisconsin Card Sort Test Frontal Assessment Battery 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cèline Chayer
    • 1
  • Morris Freedman
    • 1
  1. 1.Behavioural Neurology Program and Rotman Research InstituteBaycrest Centre for Geriatric CareTorontoCanada

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