Saturday, September 4, 2010

New Executive Brain VI: Syndromes Orbitofrontal (OF) Pseudopsychopathy

Term is discarded.  However, OF lesions inject emotion into analytic decision making, prevent responding like an automaton. 

Social interactions:  ACC reins in amygdala.  In monkeys, ACC is more important than OF in socially appropriate behaviors (Ito et al.). 

EG argues, about moral reasoning and the frontal lobes, that understanding temporal relationships is key to understanding causation, and appreciation of consequences of behavior is necessary for moral reasoning.  Inferential reasoning of the if.then kind, is at basis both of language and of moral reasoning.  Counterfactuals, that is, if I had done this x then y would have happened, are impaired after OF damage.

No comments: