Neurobehavioral Functions

The higher functions of the brain include the cognitive and emotional aspects of human behavior. These have traditionally been attributed to the activities of the cerebral cortex, and the term "higher cortical function'' has become entrenched in much of the literature because of this assumption. However, much evidence has demonstrated that the cerebral white matter is also important in the mediation of higher brain operations. This evidence comes primarily from the study of neurobehavioral dysfunction in individuals with lesions of the cerebral white matter. It may therefore be appropriate to use the term "higher cerebral function'' in describing the neurobehavioral repertoire of human beings. The white matter participates in distributed neural networks that mediate all aspects of higher brain function.

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