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Executive Functions after Frontal Lobe Injury: A Developmental Perspective

Vicki Anderson, Harvey S. Levin and Rani Jacobs

in Principles of Frontal Lobe Function

Published in print August 2002 | ISBN: 9780195134971
Published online May 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199864157 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195134971.003.0030
Executive Functions after Frontal Lobe Injury: A Developmental Perspective

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This chapter contrasts normal cerebral and cognitive development with that of children who have sustained frontal pathology. It focuses specifically on the domain of executive function, with the assumption that frontal regions are essential to the development and implementation of efficient executive skills. It discusses two studies from that illustrate the impact of frontal lobe pathology during childhood and the problems of assessing these skills accurately with current methodologies. The first study describes an ongoing program of research that examines the range of executive deficits exhibited by children who have sustained traumatic brain injury involving the frontal regions. The second study investigates the impact of focal frontal lesions during childhood, with an emphasis on approaches to the measurement of executive function.

Keywords: cerebral development; cognitive development; children; executive function; frontal lobes; traumatic brain injury

Chapter.  13168 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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