Executive Cognitive Functioning

The study of Executive Cognitive Functioning (ECF) is a relatively new and rapidly growing field of research. ECF refers to a collection of varying cognitive abilities including planning ahead and problem solving, shifting between actions easily, initiating goal-directed behavior, and regulating attention in order to complete tasks. It is believed that ECF is central to an individual's ability to concentrate and is tied to intelligence and self control.

17-year-old twins are currently participating in measures that study their Executive Cognitive Functioning abilities. A series of tasks are presented which involve different types of concentration, for example, sorting objects by color or shape, or completing puzzles that require multiple steps. These measures are given on a computer with a facilitator and takes approximately 3 hours. Participants are paid $50 for their time.

The study of executive function is another way to look at how individuals perceive and act in the world. By studying executive functioning we may be able to understand more about complex human behaviors, as well as find correlations between levels of functioning and certain traits or disorders.

We have published a paper on some findings related to Executive Cognitive Functioning and intelligence. The abstract from PubMed can be found here. If you would like a copy of the complete article, please contact us.

Several papers unaffiliated with this study are available on the internet and explain more about the role of executive functioning in human beings.

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