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Executive Function and its Implication for Early Developmental Disorders: Are We Missing Something?

Dr Nancy Garon, Mount Alison University, Canada, and an Improving Children's Lives international visiting scholar, will deliver a seminar on Thursday 4 August 2016 entitled "Executive Function and its Implication for Early Developmental Disorders: Are We Missing Something?" Dr Garon's research focuses on the early development of executive function (EF) and temperament, and how they are associated with social adjustment. Her work includes examination of the development of decision making – as a type of executive function – and its association with emotional functioning. She has developed a battery of executive functioning tests for pre-schoolers and used this to inform on the development of executive functioning in children with autism. She is also interested in profiles of temperament in young children that are associated with high risk of autism. This talk will review EF in typical and atypical development, with special emphasis on early development. It will be argued that the development and integration of 'hot' and 'cool' EF is critically important for clarifying our understanding of early developmental disorders such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Finally, an integrative framework, which considers hot and cool EF and how it may be related to different disorders, will be suggested. The seminar will take place in Room 02.525, David Keir Building, at 1 pm, with an informal bring-your-own lunch at 12.30 pm.

Event Information

  • Dates: 01/01/70 -
  • Time: 01:00
  • Venue: Room 02.525, David Keir Building, 18-30 Malone Road
  • Organiser: Dr Kate Woodcock
  • Organiser Email: k.woodcock@qub.ac.uk
  • Organiser Telephone: +44 (0)28 9097 4886
  • Event Open To: Students, Staff


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