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

Examples of prefrontal cortex in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The brain becomes flooded by fear; the prefrontal cortex goes quiet and incapable of strategic or complex thinking. Alison Escalante, Forbes, 25 Oct. 2021 The prefrontal cortex, including the mPFC, forms a network that is involved in future planning. Robert Martone, Scientific American, 21 Dec. 2021 Explain that their prefrontal cortex -- the part of the brain associated with empathy and problem-solving -- isn't fully developed. Sarah Molano, CNN, 10 Aug. 2021 In the prefrontal cortex of monkeys, researchers found neurons that were selectively tuned to different numerosities. Jordana Cepelewicz, Wired, 15 Aug. 2021 Sure enough, his group demonstrated in 2016 that monkeys have neurons in their prefrontal cortex tuned to a preference for zero rather than other numerosities. Jordana Cepelewicz, Wired, 15 Aug. 2021 For those who’ve been sentenced before turning 25, some scientific studies have found that a person’s prefrontal cortex doesn’t fully mature until that age. Phil Davis, baltimoresun.com, 27 Aug. 2021 Research shows that the feeling of fear arises in the prefrontal cortex and related brain areas. Quanta Magazine, 24 Aug. 2021 It’s that experience that will engage the prefrontal cortex. Washington Post, 20 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of prefrontal cortex

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 18 Jan. 2022.

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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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