Executive Function

  title={Executive Function},
  author={Marie T. Banich},
  journal={Current Directions in Psychological Science},
  pages={89 - 94}
  • M. Banich
  • Published 1 April 2009
  • Psychology
  • Current Directions in Psychological Science
In general, executive function can be thought of as the set of abilities required to effortfully guide behavior toward a goal, especially in nonroutine situations. Psychologists are interested in expanding the understanding of executive function because it is thought to be a key process in intelligent behavior, it is compromised in a variety of psychiatric and neurological disorders, it varies across the life span, and it affects performance in complicated environments, such as the cockpits of… 

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