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|Titolo:||Improving Executive Function in childhood: Evaluation of a training intervention for 5- year-old children|
|Autori interni:||TRAVERSO, LAURA|
USAI, MARIA CARMEN
|Data di pubblicazione:||2015|
|Rivista:||FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY|
|Abstract:||Executive function (EF) refers to a set of higher order cognitive processes that control and modulate cognition under continuously changing and multiple task demands. EF plays a central role in early childhood, is associated and predictive of important cognitive achievements and has been recognized as a significant aspect of school readiness. This study examines the efficacy of a group based intervention for five-year-old children that focuses on basic components of EF (working memory, inhibitory control, cognitive flexibility). The intervention included 12 sessions, lasted one month and used low-cost materials. Seventy-five children took part in the study. The results indicate that the children who attended the intervention outperformed controls in simple and more complex EF tasks. Specifically, these children exhibited increased abilities to delay gratification, to control on-going responses, to process and update information and to manage high cognitive conflict. These results suggest the possibility that this low-cost intervention, which may be easily implemented in educational services, can promote EF during preschool period before the entrance in primary school.|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01.01 - Articolo su rivista|
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