Developmental Science and Executive Function

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Executive function abilities, including working memory, inhibitory control, and the flexible volitional shifting of the focus of attention, provide a foundation for reflection on experience, reasoning, and the purposeful regulation of behavior. These abilities and their underlying neurobiology, however, are inherently malleable and influenced by characteristics of individuals and contexts. Implications of this malleability for research on the development of executive function in early childhood, for the prospect that these abilities can be fostered and promoted by specific types of activities, and for issues relating to the reliable and valid measurement of executive function are considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-7
Number of pages5
JournalCurrent Directions in Psychological Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2016


  • attention
  • childhood development
  • education
  • emotion
  • executive function
  • measurement
  • plasticity
  • stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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