Executive Functions

Posted by on Feb 3, 2013 in Cover, Editorial, Health, Project, Science

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For the upcoming issue of The Journal for the Norwegian Medical Association about the health consequences that are associated after someone experienced a stroke. “Executive functions” — cognitive processes that regulate and control many of the higher cognitive functions such as attention, planning , problem solving, short-term memory, reasoning and initiation of actions – are greatly affected. The most important anatomical areas in the brain for these types of functions are the frontal lobes, where many of the higher cognitive functions reside. After a stroke, these structures may be damaged to the extent that executive functions no longer function normally. Client: The Journal of the Norwegian Medical Association. Art Director: Emma Dalby