Goal Directed Problem Solving and Executive Control

While it is clear that the RLPFC participates in a variety of complex cognitive processes, its precise contribution to human thought has been difficult to discern. Our neuroimaging findings (Christoff et al., 2001; Christoff, Ream, Geddes, & Gabrieli, 2003) suggest that introspective evaluation/meta-cognitive awareness may be a unifying principle to explain the role of the RLPFC in memory, reward learning, multitasking, and moral reasoning.