Executive Control Guided by Context in Colombian Ex-Combatants

  • Carlos Tobón
  • David PinedaEmail author


Armed conflicts are special scenarios where human behavior could generate psychological and biological adaptations and display emotional exacerbation of violent actions, oriented to handle the highly stressful conditions of these chaotic environments. Context and emotional processing may influence over the executive mechanisms, and then, over the interpretation of social perceptions, and memory about the experiences, which would produce biased responses. Contextual modulation of empathy may represent an adaptive advantage, making behavior more sensitive to different environmental conditions. Experiences acquired in a specific context, as armed conflict, could modify implicit and explicit emotional processes, favoring inadequate responses to a peaceful social context with probably unfair executive planning on the actions, which could be related to the accessibility for available neurophysiological resources of the orbitofrontal circuitries.


Executive control Social context Colombian ex-combatants Executive planning Emotional process 


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  1. 1.Grupo Neuropsicología y Conducta—GRUNECO, Facultad de MedicinaUniversidad de Antioquia UdeAMedellínColombia
  2. 2.Grupo Neuropsicología y Conducta—GRUNECO, Facultad de PsicologíaUniversidad de San BuenaventuraMedellínColombia

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