chapter  14
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Brain and the Structure of Narrative

As I was completing the manuscript for a recently published set of lectures (Pribram, 1991), I realized that an especially interesting way to account for the functions of the far frontal cortex of the cerebral hemispheres is in terms of narrative structure. The frontal cortex makes possible effective action based on ordering contextualized events. These, in turn, depend on processes organized by the systems of the limbic forebrain. In this essay, I have therefore excerpted, modified, and extended the material that appears in the earlier text to address the manner in which the frontolimbic forebrain contributes to the structuring of narrative.