Executive functioning theory, in Scientific American

Thanks to the Intelligent Insights on Intelligence Theories and Tests blog for linking to a good Scientific American article on executive functioning .

Article: Brain Relies on Stepwise Activation to Make Difficult Decisions.

Teaser: “To a cognitive neuroscientist, success in life depends largely on how well your brain shapes actions to fit both your goals and the context in which you act. If you need to cross the street, first check the traffic. Such context-driven “cognitive control,” thought to reside in the brain’s prefrontal cortex, has lately become one of neuroscience’s hottest topics. On Monday at the Society for Neuroscience conference in Atlanta, David Badre, a post-doc at the University of California, Berkeley, described an experiment bolstering another emerging model, that of a “hierarchy” of control.”

More on Executive functions.

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