Executive Functions

Executive Functions: What they are, how they work and why they evolved by Russell Barkley, Ph.D.

This course is based on the book (sold separately). The instructor is Todd Finnerty, Psy.D. Answer the quiz questions and receive 6 CE for $69.

Executive Functions: What They Are, How They Work, and Why They Evolved

This groundbreaking book offers a comprehensive theory of executive functioning (EF) with important clinical implications. Synthesizing cutting-edge neuropsychological and evolutionary research, Russell A. Barkley presents a model of EF that is rooted in meaningful activities of daily life. He describes how abilities such as emotion regulation, self-motivation, planning, and working memory enable people to pursue both personal and collective goals that are critical to survival. Key stages of EF development are identified and the far-reaching individual and social costs of EF deficits detailed. Barkley explains specific ways that his model may support much-needed advances in assessment and treatment.

Participants will be able to describe a model of EF that is rooted in meaningful activities of daily life; list factors to consider in defining EF, describe how evolution should be a governing paradigm in Neuropsychology and list why Executive Functioning tests may not actually be sensitive to impairment in Executive Functioning.