October 30, 2020

Inhibitory control and the structural parcellation of the right inferior frontal gyrus

The right inferior frontal gyrus (rIFG) has most strongly, although not exclusively, been associated with response inhibition, not least based on covariations of behavioral performance measures and local grey matter characteristics. However, the white matter microstructure of the rIFG as well as its connectivity has been less in focus, especially when it comes to the consideration of potential subdivisions within this area. The present study reconstructed the structural connections of the three main subregions of the rIFG (i.e. pars opercularis, pars triangularis and pars orbitalis) using diffusion tensor imaging, and further assessed their associations with behavioral measures of inhibitory control. The results revealed a marked heterogeneity of the three subregions with respect to the pattern and extent of their connections, with the pars orbitalis showing the most widespread inter-regional connectivity, while the pars opercularis showed the least amount of connections. When relating behavioral performance measures of a stop signal task to brain structure, the data indicated a differential association of dorsal and ventral opercular connectivity with the go reaction time and the stopping accuracy, respectively.

 bioRxiv Subject Collection: Neuroscience

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