Working memory and executive function: evidence from neuroimaging

Patricia A. Carpenter*, Marcel Adam Just, Erik D. Reichle

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Traditional theories of working memory and executive function, when mapped in straightforward ways into the neural domain, yield predictions that are only partly supported by the recent neuroimaging studies. Neuroimaging studies suggest that some constituent functions, such as maintaining information in active form and manipulating it, are not discretely localized in prefrontal regions. Some hypothesized executive processes, such as goal management, have effects in several cortical regions, including posterior regions. Such results suggest a more dynamic and distributed view of the cortical organization of working memory and executive functions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-199
Number of pages5
JournalCurrent Opinion in Neurobiology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • neuroscience


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