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Executive Function and the Developing Brain, June 27th, 2013

Executive Function is a term sometimes used by caretakers of young children and by specialists who treat youngsters with various pathologies.  But the words  "executive function" are rarely used in discussions about the achievement gap.   That is beginning to change.  A Canadian author observes that "despite the strenuous efforts made by generation after generation of teachers, parents, and of course, students, it has proven to be extremely difficult to change a child's education trajectory from her moment of school-entry" due to the lack of a child's ability to self-regulate: to monitor and modify emotions, to focus or shift attention, to control impulses, tolerate frustration, delay gratification, or co-regulate in social interactions.

Philip David Zelazo, our speaker at the next Brown Bag on Thursday, June 27th, is the Nancy M and John E. Lindahl Professor at the Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota. He taught in Canada 1992-2007, has won a number of awards, edited a two volume handbook of Development Psychology and has been the lead developer of the executive function measures for the NIH Toolbox.