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Executive Functions: What They Are, How They Work,

Title 2:
and Why They Evolved
Russell A. Barkley, PhD, ABPP, ABCN
9" x 6"
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In the book Executive Functions: What They Are, How They Work, and Why They Evolved, Dr. Russell A. Barkley undertakes to find scientifically-based, comprehensive and definitive answers to four key questions about executive function (EF), and explore their implications.

Barkley, a scientist, psychologist, clinical practitioner and educator, was troubled by the fact that there exists no explicit or consensus definition of executive function. This definitional ambiguity gives rise to other fundamental questions: How should EF be assessed? What does EF do (a coherent theory of EF)? Why do human beings possess EF? What was the evolutionary impetus?

Dr. Barkley explores the current research on EF—and identifies the ways in which it is lacking— as well as neuropsychological and evolutionary research to arrive at a comprehensive theory of executive functioning that is rooted in meaningful activities of daily life. He describes how mental functions that are executive in nature, such as emotion regulation, self-motivation, planning, and working memory, enable people to pursue both personal and collective goals that are critical to survival and therefore have evolutionary logic. He also identifies the key stages of EF development and the high costs of EF deficits.



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