What it does...
Your frontal lobe allows you to think, plan, solve problems, and make decisions. Your frontal lobe helps you to filter your emotions and control your behavior. It shapes your whole personality.
This part of your brain also helps you to focus your attention on different tasks and allows you to adapt to a changing situation.
How it’s affected...
If a person’s frontal lobe is damaged, their behaviour and personality may change. They may do or say socially inappropriate things, might not be able to consider other people’s feelings and could become unusually angry or short tempered, or seem to lack motivation. Frontotemporal dementia (or FTD) affects this area of the brain.
Did you know?
In a construction accident in the 19th century, an iron bar passed through the skull of a man called Phineas Gage. He survived, but his frontal lobe was damaged and his behaviour changed a great deal. Doctors began to work out the function of the frontal lobe by observing these changes.
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