The Brain

Ventromedial Prefontal Cortex

The ventromedial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC) is a part of the prefrontal cortex in the mammalian brain. The ventral medial prefrontal is located in the frontal lobe at the bottom of the cerebral hemispheres and is implicated in the processing of risk and fear. It also plays a role in the inhibition of emotional responses, and in the process of decision making.

The ventromedial prefrontal cortex has been described as equivalent to Brodmann area 10.

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Ventromedial prefrontal cortex shown on medial and ventral views of the brain, reflecting approximate location of damage in patients with decision making deficits.

Medial surface of right hemisphere, with Brodmann's areas numbered.