Journal article

Common mechanisms of executive attention underlie executive function and effortful control in children

Jeggan Tiego, Mark A Bellgrove, Sarah Whittle, Christos Pantelis, Renee Testa

Developmental Science | WILEY | Published : 2019

Abstract

Executive Function (EF) and Effortful Control (EC) have traditionally been viewed as distinct constructs related to cognition and temperament during development. More recently, EF and EC have both been implicated in top-down self-regulation - the goal-directed control of cognition, emotion, and behavior. We propose that executive attention, a limited-capacity attentional resource subserving goal-directed cognition and behavior, is the common cognitive mechanism underlying the self-regulatory capacities captured by EF and EC. We addressed three related questions: 1) Do behavioral ratings of EF and EC represent the same self-regulation construct? 2) Is this self-regulation construct explained ..

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Grants

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council


Awarded by Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders, Australian Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

National Health and Medical Research Council, Grant/Award Number: 1105825, 1125504 and 628386; Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders, Australian Research Council, Grant/Award Number: FT130101488