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anterior cingulate cortex

n. (context anatomy English) The frontal part of the cingulate cortex

Anterior cingulate cortex

The anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) is the frontal part of the cingulate cortex that resembles a "collar" surrounding the frontal part of the corpus callosum. It consists of Brodmann areas 24, 32, and 33.

It appears to play a role in a wide variety of autonomic functions, such as regulating blood pressure and heart rate.

It is also involved in certain higher-level functions, such as reward anticipation, decision-making, impulse control, and emotion.

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We even deliver mild jolts of pain by lighting up the anterior cingulate cortex - the center, not of pain itself, but of the conscious awareness of pain.