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Measurement: Developmentally Sensitive Approaches to Measuring Executive Functions in Preschoolers

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Stephanie M. Carlson, Ph.D., University of Minnesota

This presentation briefly highlighted different approaches to the measurement of executive function (EF) in preschool children. Data from 400 children was presented on a new scale designed to track gradual developmental changes in working memory, inhibitory control, and set-shifting from ages two to five years. Strengths and weaknesses of various approaches and future directions in the measurement of EF were discussed.

Carlson Presentation Slides (PDF - 1.14 MB)

Biosketch for Stephanie M. Carlson, Ph.D.

Dr. Stephanie Carlson is Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Child Development and investigates the basic developmental processes in executive function (EF), theory of mind, and symbolism/pretend play. Dr. Carlson is particularly interested in how these skills interrelate in the preschool period, their neural correlates, their relevance for school readiness, and socio-cultural influences on their development. Current research includes studies on the measurement of EF, longitudinal assessment, and the role of pretend play, bilingualism, parenting, and culture in the development of EF. Dr. Carlson is Vice President of the Jean Piaget Society and serves on the editorial board of several journals in developmental psychology.

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