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Definitions of Executive Functions are abundant, but contain the similar themes that are apparent in the definitions below.  

“Supervisory and self-regulatory functions that organize and direct cognitive activity, emotional response, and overt behavior.”   (Gioia et al, 2002)

“The management system of the brain.” (T.E. Brown, 2006)

A set of multiple cognitive processes that act in a coordinated way to direct perception, emotion, cognition, and motor functions.   (McCloskey, 2007)

Synthesis of definitions:

Executive functions are complex and interrelated higher level  processes that direct our monitoring and management of our thoughts, emotions, and actions. 


Executive Functioning in the Learning Environment:

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