Book: Language, Interaction and Frontotemporal Dementia
Chapter: The Prefrontal Cortex: Through Maturation, Socialization, and Regression
This chapter looks at the prominent role of the prefrontal cortex in social behavior, and suggests that it is a neural mediator for the processes of socialization. This will be demonstrated by comparing the behaviors of two seemingly different populations in naturally occurring environments. The first population will be children, who have prefrontal cortices that have not fully matured. With ethnographic data, the author will show how society’s socialization practices work to educate, enculturate, and socialize this part of the brain. The second population, patients diagnosed with FTD, has deteriorating prefrontal cortices, associated with a decreasing ability to implement socialized behavior.