What is an executive function

Executive function

Oops. This is an Articulus brevis minimus ...

Click on "Edit" and turn it into an Articulus longissimus!

Synonyms: executive function, EF, cognitive control
English: executive functions

1 definition

Under the term Executive functions Neuropsychology summarizes various cognitive abilities that are required for the control and self-regulation of behavior.

2 background

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).[1]

4 clinic

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.

5 sources

  1. ↑ 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