Meta Analytic Evidence for a General Purpose Cognitive Control Network Subserving Diverse Executive Functions
Niendam TA, Laird AR, Ray KL, Dean YM, Glahn DC, Carter CS.Cogn Affect Behav Neurosci. 2012 Jun;12(2):241-68. article pdf
In the largest sample to date, we used quantitative meta-analytic methods to analyze 193 functional neuroimaging studies of 2832 healthy individuals, age 18-60, in which performance on executive function measures was contrasted with an active control condition. A common pattern of activation was observed in the prefrontal, dorsal anterior cingulate and parietal cortex across executive function domains, supporting the idea that a general purpose cognitive control network underlies executive functions.