executive function


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executive function

n.
The cognitive process that encompasses an individual's ability to organize thoughts and activities, prioritize tasks, manage time efficiently, and make decisions.

executive function

Any of the abilities to make plans and carry them out, including the organization of tasks and one's use of time, to set goals and priorities, and assess the progress one makes in meeting them. The loss of executive function (called executive dysfunction) is a common finding in patients with dementia.
See also: function
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The study will first investigate whether there are differences in executive function between visually impaired students and a normative sample of sighted children, and whether visually impaired students at mainstream schools differ in their executive function from visually impaired students at specialized schools.
In all WISC-IV tasks, the HMMHW group also obtained scores that indicate a lower performance of the executive function. In subscales related to processing speed (Coding and Symbol Search) and working memory (Digit Span), this group obtained lower scores than the other.
While neurofeedback can be used to improve executive function, it's also used to treat ADD and ADHD, depression, autism, seizures, traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic-stress disorder.
Because executive function impairment is considered to be one of the most critical cognitive dysfunctions, it is of importance to investigate the brain functional networks in SZ patients during an executive function task.
Depression accounts for executive function deficits in obsessive-compulsive disorder Neuropsychiatry, Neuropsychol Behav Neurol 2001; 14:241- 245.
Developmental delays in executive function from 3 to 5 years of age predict kindergarten academic readiness.
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Teenagers with ADD, ADHD & Executive Function Deficits, third edition
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