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Introduction: Links Between Social Interaction and Executive Function

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Journal publication date04/2009
JournalNew Directions for Child and Adolescent Development
Volume123
Number of pages15
Pages1-15
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

The term executive function is used increasingly within developmental psychology and is often taken to refer to unfolding brain processes. We trace the origins of research on executive function to show that the link with social interaction has a long history. We suggest that a recent frenzy of research exploring methods for studying individual executive skills should pay more attention to the tradition exploring the role of social interaction in their development.