What is an executive function
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Synonyms: executive function, EF, cognitive control
English: executive functions
Under the term Executive functions Neuropsychology summarizes various cognitive abilities that are required for the control and self-regulation of behavior.
The executive functions include:
3 measurement methods
In neuropsychology, there are a number of tests to measure executive functions, e.g. the trail-making test, the Wisconsin Card Sorting test or the Rey-Osterrieth Complex Figure Test (ROCF). Assessments are also recommended, such as the BRIEF (Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function).
If the executive functions are impaired, one speaks of a dysexecutive syndrome (also frontal brain syndrome). Flexibility, motivation, planning and decision-making are impaired, which leads to disorganized behavior.
- ↑ Roth RM, Erdodi LA, McCulloch LJ, Isquith PK. Much ado about norming: the Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function. Child Neuropsychol. 2015; 21 (2): 225-33. doi: 10.1080 / 09297049.2014.897318
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