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What is executive function?

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Executive function is a set of mental skills that help you get things done. These skills are controlled by an area of the brain called the frontal lobe.

Executive function helps you:

  • Manage time
  • Pay attention
  • Switch focus
  • Plan and organize
  • Remember details
  • Avoid saying or doing the wrong thing
  • Do things based on your experience

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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