Executive function in early and middle childhood

Nicolas Chevalier, Caron A. C. Clark

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Early and middle childhood represents a particularly dramatic period of growth in executive function, as shown by gradual performance improvements on abstract, complex measures and evidence for a progressive differentiation of distinct control processes with age. This chapter highlights gains in mental representation, cue processing, and the flexible engagement of control processes as central mechanisms contributing to advancements in executive function during childhood. These mechanisms offer promising inroads for interventions to enhance executive function and associated academic and socio-emotional outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExecutive Function: Development Across the Life Span
EditorsSandra Wiebe, Julia Karbach
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISBN (Print)978-1138655546, 978-1138655553
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jul 2017

Publication series

NameFrontiers of Developmental Science


  • cognitive control
  • working memory
  • preschool
  • middle childhood
  • executive function

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