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Introduction: Development and Plasticity of Executive Function across the Life Span Sandra A. Wiebe and Julia Karbach

Part I: Characterizing Executive Function Development across the Life Span

1. Emergence of Executive Function in Infancy Kimberly Cuevas, Vinaya Rajan, and Lauren J. Bryant

2. Executive Function in Early and Middle Childhood Nicolas Chevalier and Caron A. C. Clark

3. Executive Function Development in Adolescence Eveline A. Crone, Sabine Peters, and Nikolaus Steinbeis

4. Executive Function Development in Aging Karen Z. H. Li, Kiran K. Vadaga, Halina Bruce, and Laurence Lai

Part II: Understanding Mechanisms of Executive Function Development and Plasticity

5. Neural Mechanisms of Executive Function Development during Early Childhood Yusuke Moriguchi

6. Aging and the Neural Correlates of Executive Function Robert West

7. Genetic Influences on Executive Functions across the Life Span James J. Li and Delanie K. Roberts

8. Computational Models of Executive Function Development Aaron T. Buss

Part III: Environmental, Cultural, and Lifestyle Factors that Shape Executive Function Development across the Life Span

9. Adversity and Stress: Implications for the Development of Executive Functions Jenna E. Finch and Jelena Obradovic

10. Parental Influences on Children's Executive Function: A Differentiated Approach Claire Hughes and Rory T. Devine

11. Bilingualism and the Development of Executive Function in Children: The Interplay of Languages and Cognition Gregory J. Poarch and Janet G. van Hell

12. Physical Activity, Exercise, and Executive Functions Nicolas Berryman, Kristell Pothier, and Louis Bherer

13. Cognitive Training to Promote Executive Functions Matthias Kliegel, Alexandra Hering, Andreas Ihle, and Sascha Zuber

Part IV: Atypical Patterns of Executive Function Development across the Life Span

14. Executive Dysfunction in Very Preterm Children and Associated Brain Pathology Elisha K. Josev and Peter J. Anderson

15. Executive Functions and Developmental Psychopathology: Neurobiology of Emotion Regulation in Adolescent Depression and Anxiety Kristina L. Gelardi, Veronika Vilgis, and Amanda E. Guyer

16. Executive Function and Substance Misuse: Neurodevelopmental Vulnerabilities and Consequences of Use Monica Luciana and Emily Ewan

17. Trajectories and Modifiers of Executive Function: Normal Aging to Neurodegenerative Disease G. Peggy McFall, Shraddha Sapkota, Sherilyn Thibeau, and Roger A. Dixon

About the Author

Sandra A. Wiebe is a developmental cognitive scientist who studies executive function in childhood. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute at the University of Alberta, Canada. Julia Karbach is a developmental psychologist who studies neurocognitive development and plasticity across the life span. She is a Professor at the Department of Psychology at the University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany.


'This volume makes a superlative addition to the growing corpus of research on executive function. By bringing together chapters on executive function across the life span and placing them in social, cultural, and clinical contexts, this volume is likely to spark interest and innovative thinking among researchers, undergraduate and graduate students, and practitioners.' - Cybele Raver, New York University, USA 'A fantastic state-of-the-art compilation about the development of executive function provided by a careful selection of experts from around the world. A book to keep within reach of those interested in this central aspect of human development!' - M. Rosario (Charo) Rueda, University of Granada, Spain 'This compendium serves as an introduction to research on executive functions, the set of basic cognitive processes that support goal-directed behavior. It is likely to be the broadest overview to date on this topic, covering a range of ages, populations, and approaches. Collectively, the chapters examine how executive functioning changes from infancy through old age, and how it is affected by environmental influences and various disorders. A variety of methods are featured, including behavioral, neuroimaging, and genetic research, as well as computational modeling. The chapters are brief and clearly written, and point the interested reader to the primary literature for more in-depth coverage of these topics.' - Silvia Bunge, University of California, Berkeley, USA

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