Changes after vmPFC damage: New paper published in the Journal of Neurosurgery

I'm co-author on a paper that was recently published online in the Journal of Neurosurgery. The purpose of the paper was to characterize behavioral and cognitive changes in patients who received meningioma resections involving the ventromedial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC). 

Using the large amount of neuroanatomical data available in the Patient Registry at the University of Iowa, participants' (N = 70) lesions were characterized as either involving or not involving the vmPFC. Pre- and post-operative neuropsychological data were examined, indicating that the vmPFC group showed poorer performance on decision-making tasks than the non-vmPFC group following their resection. While the vmPFC group showed these behavioral deficits, neither group showed deficits in cognition (e.g., memory, language) following surgery.

The first author on the paper is my friend Taylor Abel, currently Chief Resident in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Iowa. For a PDF of the full article, click on the "Publications" tab or the link above.