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Encyclopedia of Neuroscience
Format: Book Chapter
Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Academic Press
Place of Publication: Oxford
Pages: 29 - 34
Source ID: shanti-sources-75911
Collection: Brain Regions
Abstract: Neuroimaging and neurological investigations have shown that the frontal lobes play a critical role in human memory. In many aspects of memory, including working memory, learning of new information, and retrieval, the frontal lobes contribute to the guidance or executive control of memory processing. With the dynamic interplay of broad neural circuits, this brain region facilitates in the selecting, maintaining, updating, and retrieval of memory. In its absence, memories are disorganized and easily disrupted by interference or distraction. Terms such as executive control, top-down processing, and metacognitive control have been used to characterize the role of the frontal lobes in memory processes.