Chapter 22. Executive Function in Typical and Atypical Development

  1. Usha Goswami
  1. Philip David Zelazo1 and
  2. Ulrich Müller2

Published Online: 15 JUL 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444325485.ch22

The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Childhood Cognitive Development, Second edition

The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Childhood Cognitive Development, Second edition

How to Cite

Zelazo, P. D. and Müller, U. (2010) Executive Function in Typical and Atypical Development, in The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Childhood Cognitive Development, Second edition (ed U. Goswami), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444325485.ch22

Editor Information

  1. University of Cambridge, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Minnesota, USA

  2. 2

    University of Victoria, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JUL 2010
  2. Published Print: 16 AUG 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405191166

Online ISBN: 9781444325485

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Keywords:

  • executive function in typical and atypical development;
  • executive function (EF), ill-defined but important construct - psychological processes in conscious control of thought and action;
  • “hot” affective aspects of EF, associated with ventral and medial parts of prefrontal cortex (VM-PFC);
  • EF construct, intended to capture psychological abilities - whose impairment is presumed to underlie the manifest deficits;
  • confirmatory factor analytic studies of EF in children;
  • problem-solving framework - for understanding EF as functional construct;
  • structure–function mapping;
  • EF in typical development;
  • use of rules - using simple measures of selective attention;
  • developmental research on hot and cool EF - EF first emerging early in development

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Definitional Issues

  • Structure–Function Mapping

  • EF in Typical Development

  • EF in Atypical Development

  • Conclusion

  • References