Event-related potential measures of executive functioning from preschool to adolescence

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Title: Event-related potential measures of executive functioning from preschool to adolescence
Authors: Downes, Michelle
Bathelt, Joe
De Haan, Michelle
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/10262
Date: 6-Feb-2017
Online since: 2019-05-02T07:26:03Z
Abstract: Executive functions are a collection of cognitive abilities necessary for behavioural control and regulation, and are important for school success. Executive deficits are common across acquired and developmental disorders in childhood and beyond. This review aims to summarize how studies using event-related potential (ERP) can provide insight into mechanisms underpinning how executive functions develop in children from preschool to adolescence. We specifically focus on ERP components that are considered to be well-established markers of executive functioning, including the ability to resist distraction (inhibition, N200), hold scenes in mind (visuospatial working memory, contralateral delay activity), attend to specific stimuli (information processing, P300), follow rules (response monitoring, error-related negativity [ERN], and error-related positivity [Pe]), and adjust to feedback (outcome monitoring, feedback-related negativity). All of these components show developmental changes from preschool to adolescence, in line with behavioural and neuroimaging findings. These ERP markers also show altered developmental trajectories in the context of atypical executive functions. As an example, deficits in executive function are prominently implicated in attention-deficit–hyperactivity disorder. Therefore, this review highlights ERP studies that have investigated the above ERP components in this population. Overall, ERPs provide a useful marker for the development and dysfunction of executive skills, and provide insight into their neurophysiological basis.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Wiley
Journal: Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology
Volume: 59
Issue: 6
Start page: 581
End page: 590
Copyright (published version): 2017 Mac Keith Press
Keywords: Developmental disordersBehavioural control and regulationChild developmentAttention Deficit Disorder with hyperactivityEvent-related potentialChildAdolescence
DOI: 10.1111/dmcn.13395
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
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