Resolving Response, Decision, and Strategic Control: Evidence for a Functional Topography in Dorsomedial Prefrontal Cortex

The Journal of Neuroscience, October 21, 2009 • 29(42):13158 –13164

7 Pages Posted: 30 Apr 2014 Last revised: 31 Dec 2016

See all articles by Vinod Venkatraman

Vinod Venkatraman

Temple University - Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management

Alexandra Rosati

Duke University

Adrienne Taren

Duke University - Department of Psychology and Neuroscience

Scott Huettel

Duke University - Department of Psychology and Neuroscience

Date Written: June 9, 2009

Abstract

The dorsomedial prefrontal cortex (DMPFC) plays a central role in aspects of cognitive control and decision making. Here, we provide evidence for an anterior-to-posterior topography within the MPFC using tasks that evoke three distinct forms of control demands — response, decision, and strategic — each of which could be mapped onto independent behavioral data. Specifically, we identify three spatially distinct regions within the DMPFC: a posterior region associated with control demands evoked by multiple incompatible responses, a middle region associated with control demands evoked by the relative desirability of decision options, and an anterior region that predicts control demands related to deviations from an individual’s preferred decision-making strategy. These results provide new insight into the functional organization of DMPFC and suggest how recent controversies about its role in complex decision making and response mapping can be reconciled.

Suggested Citation

Venkatraman, Vinod and Rosati, Alexandra and Taren, Adrienne and Huettel, Scott, Resolving Response, Decision, and Strategic Control: Evidence for a Functional Topography in Dorsomedial Prefrontal Cortex (June 9, 2009). The Journal of Neuroscience, October 21, 2009 • 29(42):13158 –13164, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2430763

Vinod Venkatraman (Contact Author)

Temple University - Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management ( email )

Philadelphia, PA 19122
United States

Alexandra Rosati

Duke University

100 Fuqua Drive
Durham, NC 27708-0204
United States

Adrienne Taren

Duke University - Department of Psychology and Neuroscience ( email )

Durham, NC 27708
United States

Scott Huettel

Duke University - Department of Psychology and Neuroscience ( email )

Durham, NC 27708
United States

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