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Colloquium: The Development of Executive Functions: Evidence from Behavioural and Electrophysiological Perspectives

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The development of executive functions and intelligence are of critical importance to success in many everyday tasks. From a neurological perspective, both of these processes are generally understood to be reliant upon frontal regions of the brain (particularly the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex). Intelligence has been hypothesised to develop through a process of differentiation during childhood and adolescence. That is, as a child develops, specific mental abilities become increasingly distinguishable from each other. However, no study has examined whether this differentiation hypothesis can be applied to the development of executive functions. This seminar will present a thesis examining the unity and diversity of three commonly theorised executive functions, inhibition, shifting, and working memory, in typically developing children. In addition, the development of one of these executive functions, inhibition, is examined from an electrophysiological perspective, as the varied developmental trajectories of different brain regions are thought to directly affect behavioural manifestations of executive functions. The results of these studies provide evidence of marked development of executive functions between the ages of 7 and 11 years from both behavioural and electrophysiological perspectives. However, it may be the case that behavioural changes only occur after neurological changes, providing potential support for the link between brain and behaviour in the executive functioning of children.
Speaker(s) Chris Brydges
Location The University of Western Australia, Simmonds Lecture Theatre, G01, General Purpose Building 3
Contact Admin Psy <[email protected]> : 64883267
Start Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:00
End Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:00
Submitted by Admin Psy <[email protected]>
Last Updated Tue, 10 Feb 2015 16:21
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