executive function

Functional neuroanatomy can vary greatly among kids, and is refined during development, a new study shows[1]. The study — which used machine learning techniques to analyze the functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans of nearly 700 children, adolescents, and young adults – was conducted by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University… Read more

Published studies have long found a correlation between obesity in children and decreased executive function[1]. Now, new research, based on data mined from a massive national research study, suggests that a change in brain structure — a thinner prefrontal cortex — may help explain that interrelationship[2]. “Our results show an important connection; that kids with… Read more

You use your brain’s executive function every day – it’s how you do things like pay attention, plan ahead and control impulses. Can you improve it to change for the better? With highlights from her research on child development, cognitive scientist Sabine Doebel explores the factors that affect executive function – and how you can… Read more

Overlooking the cerebellum is a mistake, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis say. Their recent findings suggest that the cerebellum has a hand in every aspect of higher brain functions — not just movement, but attention, thinking, planning and decision-making. Located inconveniently on the underside of the brain and initially thought… Read more

A good mood can have a negative effect on some people’s executive functioning, such as their ability to focus attention, manage time and prioritize tasks, new research has found. The same study found that being in a bad mood can help it in some cases. Tara McAuley, a psychology professor at the University of Waterloo… Read more