The prefrontal cortex and internally generated motor acts

Patricia S. Goldman-Rakic, Julie F. Bates, Matthew V. Chafee

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

73 Scopus citations


The neuroanatomical and neurophysiological data that have been obtained from experimental primates are converging on a framework for understanding the prefrontal influence on motor output. The framework isolates internally memory-based functions from externally guided sensory-based functions, identifies the internally-based functions with prefrontal circuits, the sensory-based functions with premotor circuits, and integrates the specializations of prefrontal, premotor and subcortical structures in the control of motor acts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)830-835
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent opinion in neurobiology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1992


Dive into the research topics of 'The prefrontal cortex and internally generated motor acts'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this