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Mary A. luszcz & Anna P. Lane

In: Handbook of Cognitive Aging: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Chapter 12: Executive Function in Cognitive, Neuropsychological, and Clinical Aging

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Executive Function in Cognitive, Neuropsychological, and Clinical Aging
Executive function in cognitive, neuropsychological, and clinical aging

Executive functioning (EF) has become an increasingly popular cognitive construct in its own right, and it is often invoked to understand and explain cognitive changes that accompany aging. It has been considered, along with speed, as a possible cognitive primitive that constitutes a basic change responsible for declines on a variety of tasks (see Luszcz & Bryan, 1999, and associated commentaries by Anstey, 1999; Salthouse, 1999; and Sliwinski & Hofer, 1999). Indeed, geropsychologists interested in both cognitive aging and the neuropsychology of aging have embraced the construct, and its use with older adults in clinical settings is increasing. Conceptualizations of EF within these specializations vary widely; in this chapter, we ...

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