Paul Burgess

Professor Paul Burgess has a longstanding interest in executive functions and the frontal lobes. He has created a number of the neuropsychological tests used in the clinic (e.g. BADS battery, six elements test), and he has contributed greatly to the understanding of the role of the most anterior (rostral) parts of the frontal lobes in the planning and organization of behavior. The rostral prefrontal cortex (area 10) was until recently unknown territory, but thanks to Paul Burgess and his coworkers, this enigmatic part of the brain is finally yielding to scientific efforts (“BA10 is boss”! - ). An initial paper in this research line (Shallice & Burgess, 1991) is among the most cited in neuropsychology.