The Prefrontal Cortex as an Executive, Emotional, and Social Brain

  • Masataka Watanabe

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Functional Organization of the Prefrontal Cortex in Human and Nonhuman Primates

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Hyojung Seo, Soyoun Kim, Xinying Cai, Hiroshi Abe, Christopher H. Donahue, Daeyeol Lee
      Pages 3-15
    3. Keiji Tanaka, Mark J. Buckley, Farshad A. Mansouri
      Pages 17-38
  3. The Prefrontal Cortex as an Integrator of Executive and Emotional Function

  4. The Prefrontal Cortex as an Integrator of Executive and Social Function

  5. Default Mode of Brain Activity and the Prefrontal Cortex

About this book


This book is devoted to the executive, emotional, social, and integrative functions of the prefrontal cortex (PFC). The PFC has usually been studied only with its executive function or with its emotional function, but recent studies indicate that the PFC plays important roles in integrating executive and emotional functions as well as in social behavior. The first part of the book reviews the functional organization of the PFC in human and nonhuman primates. The subsequent part focuses on the integrator of executive and emotional functions. The third part presents the integrator of executive and social functions, and the final part discusses the default mode of brain activities. There are chapters on animal studies, because functional significance of the PFC cannot be described without referring to those studies. Thus many methodologies are presented such as human neuropsychological, neuroimaging, and stimulation studies, and animal neuropsychological, neurophysiological, neurochemical, neuroanatomical, and neuroimaging studies. Bringing those together, this volume provides a timely and concise picture of the function of the PFC. The result is a valuable resource for students and scientists, providing up-to-date information on this emerging research topic.


Prefrontal cortex Executive Emotional Social Integration Default network

Editors and affiliations

  • Masataka Watanabe
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Physiological PsychologyTokyo Metropolitan Institute of Medical ScienceTokyoJapan

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Japan KK 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Tokyo
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-4-431-56506-2
  • Online ISBN 978-4-431-56508-6
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