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Executive Functions

Why Big Bird is Good for Kids

Marilyn Wedge, Ph.D. | Posted 12.08.2012 | Parents
Marilyn Wedge, Ph.D.

Big Bird and his Muppet friends are not harmful to children's ability to think and focus, whereas some cartoons on commercial television stations are harmful to these abilities in children.

Executive Function Skills Predict Children's Success in Life and in School

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 08.21.2012 | Education
Ellen Galinsky

Executive functions are the brain functions we use to manage our attention, our emotions, and our behavior in pursuit of our goals. Adele Diamond finds that executive functions predict children's success as well as -- if not better than -- IQ tests.

Being Smarter About IQ

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff | Posted 07.02.2012 | College
Roberta Michnick Golinkoff

Are we still debating whether IQ is fixed or whether it is malleable and can be pushed around? Are we still fighting the nature versus nurture battle? We thought this had been resolved ages ago. In fact, 30 years ago.

Executive Function Skills Are Essential to America's Present and Future

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 06.10.2012 | Education
Ellen Galinsky

As we learn more about executive function skills and as we begin to promote them, it is clear that we can make progress on some of America's more enduring challenges.

Ready for School? Executive Function = Success

Susan Kaiser Greenland | Posted 10.31.2011 | Parents
Susan Kaiser Greenland

The term "Executive Function" may sound more relevant to business school than elementary school, yet it's crucial to your child's social and emotional development.

Revealed: The Secret To Long Life And Happiness

Scott Barry Kaufman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Scott Barry Kaufman

Researchers found that personality and social relations in childhood significantly predicted risk of mortality many years later. The findings were not what you may expect, though.

7 Brain Teasers to Ace Job Interviews

Alvaro Fernandez | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alvaro Fernandez

A recent CNN article explains well why a growing number of companies use brainteasers and logic puzzles of a type called "guesstimations" during job i...