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A 'top-down' function that manages and controls cognitive processes, allowing goal-directed behavior.
Executive/Cognitive Control
MSharman about three years ago.

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Tasks that are asserted to measure executive function

TaskContrast Measure

NIH Toolbox Dimensional Change Card Sort Test
  • correct
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Conners 3rd Edition
  • executive functioning
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WAIS digit span
  • number in correct order
(details) 
  • number correct backward
(details) 

Porteus maze test
  • mental age (difficulty) of maze
(details) 

Wisconsin card sorting test
  • Total number of categories acheived
(details) 

WISC-R Mazes
  • participant score minus average score
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Trail Making Test A and B
  • ANOVA of time by age group
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Eriksen flanker task
  • incongruent response time minus congruent response time
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divided auditory attention
  • response time and accuracy
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behavioral rating inventory of executive function
  • Negativity Scale
(details) 
  • Inconsistency Scale
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digit span task
  • backward
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Term History

REVISION 3

Definition contributed by MSharman about three years ago:A 'top-down' function that manages and controls other cognitive processes, allowing goal-directed behavior.

REVISION 2

Definition contributed by RPoldrack about five years ago:A top-down system that manages and controls other cognitive processes, allowing goal-directed behavior.

REVISION 1

Definition contributed by SAdministrator about six years ago:No definition submitted yet

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