Frontal lobe functions

Curr Neurol Neurosci Rep. 2001 Nov;1(6):547-52. doi: 10.1007/s11910-001-0060-4.


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, self-awareness, 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.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cognition / physiology*
  • Emotions / physiology*
  • Frontal Lobe / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Personality / physiology*