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What are Executive Functions? - John Colombo, PhD
Executive function is a critical component of cognitive development. In many ways, executive function represents those higher-order abilities that are often taken to define the human intellect: goal-directed behavior, controlled attention, inhibition, self-regulation, cognitive flexibility, planning, and strategic behavior. The origins of executive function can be traced to late in the first year of life, and continue to develop well into early adulthood.