Precis of executive dyscontrol as a cause of problem behavior in dementia

Exp Aging Res. Apr-Jun 1994;20(2):73-94. doi: 10.1080/03610739408253955.


Frontal lobe executive control functions (ECF) are proposed as a source of problem behavior in dementia. The behavior and personality changes that follow frontal lobe brain damage overlap with those seen in dementia, and frontal lobe structural and metabolic lesions can be demonstrated across a variety of dementing illnesses. ECF help explain the importance of social and environmental cues in the production of disruptive behavior and suggest interpersonal strategies for their control. This model has considerable face validity and leads to several testable hypotheses.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Behavior / physiology*
  • Dementia / etiology
  • Dementia / pathology
  • Dementia / physiopathology*
  • Frontal Lobe / pathology
  • Frontal Lobe / physiopathology*
  • Humans
  • Models, Biological
  • Social Behavior Disorders / physiopathology