Neurocognitive mechanisms of cognitive control: The role of prefrontal cortex in action selection, response inhibition, performance monitoring, and reward-based learning

K. Richard Ridderinkhof, Wery P M Van Den Wildenberg, Sidney J. Segalowitz, Cameron S Carter

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Abstract

Convergent evidence highlights the differential contributions of various regions of the prefrontal cortex in the service of cognitive control, but little is understood about how the brain determines and communicates the need to recruit cognitive control, and how such signals instigate the implementation of appropriate performance adjustments. Here we review recent progress from cognitive neuroscience in examining some of the main constituent processes of cognitive control as involved in dynamic decision making: goal-directed action selection, response activation and inhibition, performance monitoring, and reward-based learning. Medial frontal cortex is found to be involved in performance monitoring: evaluating outcome vis-à-vis expectancy, and detecting performance errors or conflicting response tendencies. Lateral and orbitofrontal divisions of prefrontal cortex are involved in subsequently implementing appropriate adjustments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)129-140
Number of pages12
JournalBrain and Cognition
Volume56
Issue number2 SPEC. ISS.
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2004

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Keywords

  • Action selection
  • Cognitive control
  • Medial frontal cortex
  • Orbitofrontal cortex
  • Performance adjustment
  • Performance monitoring
  • Prefrontal cortex
  • Response inhibition
  • Reward-based learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology

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Neurocognitive mechanisms of cognitive control : The role of prefrontal cortex in action selection, response inhibition, performance monitoring, and reward-based learning. / Ridderinkhof, K. Richard; Van Den Wildenberg, Wery P M; Segalowitz, Sidney J.; Carter, Cameron S.

In: Brain and Cognition, Vol. 56, No. 2 SPEC. ISS., 11.2004, p. 129-140.

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