Executive function and early childhood education

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Executive function, a term encompassing domain general cognitive processes associated with working memory, inhibitory control, and the flexible shifting of attention is widely studied in research in neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience. Only within the last two decades have researchers examined the development of these cognitive abilities in typical child populations. A growing body of research indicates that executive function abilities develop rapidly in early childhood, are important contributors to school readiness and early school success, and are highly relevant to early educational programs for children in poverty.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)102-107
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Opinion in Behavioral Sciences
StatePublished - Aug 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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