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What do the organization and regulation groups of executive function mean?

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Executive function can be divided into two groups:

Organization helps you gather information and structure it for evaluation.

Regulation helps you take stock of your surroundings and change your behaviors in response. For example, seeing a piece of chocolate cake on a dessert cart at a restaurant may be tempting. That's where executive function can step in. The organizational part reminds you that the slice is likely to have hundreds of calories. Regulation tells you that eating the cake conflicts with goals you may have, like eating less sugar or losing weight.

SOURCES:

National Center for Learning Disabilities: "What is Executive Function?"

Chan, R. , 2008. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology

Elliot, R. , 2003. British Medical Bulletin

University of California, San Francisco: "Brain 101: Topics in Neuroscience: Executive Functions."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 25, 2019

SOURCES:

National Center for Learning Disabilities: "What is Executive Function?"

Chan, R. , 2008. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology

Elliot, R. , 2003. British Medical Bulletin

University of California, San Francisco: "Brain 101: Topics in Neuroscience: Executive Functions."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 25, 2019

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