To learn more about the organization and function of the prefrontal cortex, a good place to start is Joaquin Fuster's book "The Prefrontal Cortex." It is an informative and digestible read and describes Fuster's own theoretical ideas regarding executive function. The latest edition is the 4th (2008).
- For more about the role of the basal ganglia in cognitive function try "Subcortical Structures and Cognition: Implications for Neuropsychological Assessment" by Koziol, L. F. and Budding, D. E. (2009). It is also available online as an e-book (may require university access): []
- For several interesting and informative readings on various aspects of working memory you might try Miyake, A. and Shah, P., eds. "Models of Working Memory: Mechanisms of Active Maintenance and Executive Control" (1999) Cambridge.
- For the most recent explication of the PBWM model read "Neural Mechanisms of Executive Function" (in preparation), or O'Reilly, R.C. & Frank, M.J. (2006), Making Working Memory Work: A Computational Model of Learning in the Frontal Cortex and Basal Ganglia. Neural Computation, 18, 283-328. []
- For a review of various evidence implicating interactions between BG, PFC and dopamine in executive function, see Frank, M.J. & Fossella, J. (2011). Neurogenetics and Pharmacology of Learning, Motivation and Cognition. Neuropsychopharmacology Reviews, 36, 133-52. []
- For information on traditional symbolic, production system AI approaches see John Anderson's book: "The Adaptive Character of Thought." 1st edition. (1990) []
- For a discussion of the issues involved in combining neural network and symbol-based architectures, and a description of one such approach involving Leabra and ACT-R, see Jilk, D.J., Lebiere, C., O'Reilly, R.C. & Anderson, J.R. (2008). SAL: An explicitly pluralistic cognitive architecture. Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Artificial Intelligence, 20, 197-218. []