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Executive Function

Executive Function is the capacity to plan, organize, and monitor the execution of behaviors that are strategically directed in a goal-oriented manner.

NIH Toolbox focuses on these components of Executive Function:

  • Inhibition of automatic response tendencies that may interfere with achieving a goal
  • Set shifting, the capacity for switching among multiple aspects of a strategy or task

Executive Function is measured by:

NIH Toolbox Dimensional Change Card Sort Test

NIH Toolbox Flanker Inhibitory Control and Attention Test