The role of the inferior frontal junction area in cognitive control

Trends Cogn Sci. 2005 Jul;9(7):314-6. doi: 10.1016/j.tics.2005.05.001.


Cognitive control processes refer to our ability to coordinate thoughts and actions in accordance with internal goals. In the fronto-lateral cortex such processes have been primarily related to mid-dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (mid-DLPFC). However, recent brain-imaging and meta-analytic studies suggest that a region located more posterior in the fronto-lateral cortex plays a pivotal role in cognitive control as well. This region has been termed the inferior frontal junction area and can be functionally and structurally distinguished from mid-DLPFC.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Brain Mapping
  • Cognition / physiology*
  • Functional Laterality / physiology
  • Humans
  • Prefrontal Cortex / anatomy & histology
  • Prefrontal Cortex / physiology*
  • Psychomotor Performance / physiology
  • Reaction Time / physiology