Mechanisms of Conflict Resolution in Prefrontal Cortex

John Jonides, David Badre, Clayton Curtis, Sharon L. Thompson-Schill, Edward E. Smith

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


This chapter discusses the psychological process of selectively attending to one source of information to the exclusion of others. In a meta-analysis, it reviews different tasks used to study selective attention, under the construct of conflict resolution, as assessed with functional imaging techniques. Both the anterior cingulate cortex and the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex are involved in some aspect of conflict resolution, which is likely related to different mechanisms. The theme of heterogeneity of function is reflected in these results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPrinciples of Frontal Lobe Function
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199864157
ISBN (Print)0195134974, 9780195134971
StatePublished - May 1 2009


  • Anterior cingulated cortex
  • Dorsolateral prefrontal cortex
  • Meta-analysis
  • Selective attention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience


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