prefrontal cortex

noun

Definition of prefrontal cortex

: the gray matter of the anterior part of the frontal lobe that is highly developed in humans and plays a role in the regulation of complex cognitive, emotional, and behavioral functioning

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Recent Examples on the Web The same study found that the prefrontal cortex, responsible for things like concentration and decision-making, became thicker. Jessica Boddy, Popular Science, "How to make the most of meditation with science," 1 Jan. 2021 The old-school method activates more prefrontal cortex neurons, which helps regulate your stress response. Elizabeth Gulino, refinery29.com, "Election Stress Disorder Is A Thing — Here’s How To Cope," 5 Nov. 2020 Though the biology of depression and addiction is complex, people with these diseases tend to lose some synaptic connections in their prefrontal cortex. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Chemists re-engineer a psychedelic to treat depression and addiction in rodents," 9 Dec. 2020 The old-school method activates more prefrontal cortex neurons, which helps regulate your stress response. Elizabeth Gulino, refinery29.com, "Election Stress Disorder Is A Thing — Here’s How To Cope," 5 Nov. 2020 There are simple ways to relieve demands on the prefrontal cortex, such as getting enough sleep and basic exercise. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "Our Brains Explain the Season’s Sadness," 26 Nov. 2020 The old-school method activates more prefrontal cortex neurons, which helps regulate your stress response. Elizabeth Gulino, refinery29.com, "Election Stress Disorder Is A Thing — Here’s How To Cope," 5 Nov. 2020 The old-school method activates more prefrontal cortex neurons, which helps regulate your stress response. Elizabeth Gulino, refinery29.com, "Election Stress Disorder Is A Thing — Here’s How To Cope," 5 Nov. 2020 The prefrontal cortex is responsible for emotional regulation and decision-making. Elizabeth Landau, Smithsonian Magazine, "Anxious About Election Results? Here’s What’s Happening in Your Brain as You Wait," 3 Nov. 2020

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1900, in the meaning defined above

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“Prefrontal cortex.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prefrontal%20cortex. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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prefrontal cortex

noun

Medical Definition of prefrontal cortex

: the gray matter of the anterior part of the frontal lobe that is highly developed in humans and plays a role in the regulation of complex cognitive, emotional, and behavioral functioning

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