Monitoring Demands for Executive Control: Shared Functions between Human and Nonhuman Primates

Farshad A. Mansouri, Tobias Egner, Mark J. Buckley

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Fifteen years ago, an influential model proposed that the human dorsal anterior cingulate cortex (dACC) detects conflict and induces adaptive control of behavior. Over the years support for this model has been mixed, in particular due to divergent findings in human versus nonhuman primates. We here review recent findings that suggest greater commonalities across species. These include equivalent behavioral consequences of conflict and similar neuronal signals in the dACC, but also a common failure of dACC lesions to reliably abolish conflict-driven behavior. We conclude that conflict might be one among many drivers of adjustments in executive control and that the ACC might be just one component of overlapping distributed systems involved in context-dependent learning and behavioral control.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-27
Number of pages13
JournalTrends in Neurosciences
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017


  • anterior cingulate cortex
  • conflict monitoring
  • executive control
  • nonhuman primate
  • prefrontal cortex

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