Perspectives on the Developmental Consequences of Early Frontal Lobe Damage: Introduction

Paul J. Eslinger, Lynn M. Grattan

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The frontal lobes have been ascribed many of the psychological processes that underlie the highest forms of human adaptation and achievement. In most modern theories, frontal neural systems are the pivotal mediators of acculturation and social conduct, flexibility of thought and action, adaptive behavior, and goal attainment. Yet, despite this celebrated role in complex human behavior, the frontal lobes can sustain damage early in life that appears to have little impact on the organism, at least in terms of standard neuropsychologic and neurologic examinations. Hebb (1949) characterized the paradox this way.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)257-260
Number of pages4
JournalDevelopmental Neuropsychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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