executive control


: the ability to carry out goal-directed behavior using complex mental processes and cognitive abilities (such as working memory and impulse inhibition)
… the prefrontal cortex, which is known to be involved in a range of high-level, executive control processes …Alison Motluk
compare executive function

Examples of executive control in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But neither Beathard, nor the gruff Butler, nor the imperious Smith had to co-exist with a Spanos who fancied himself a football man and was given executive control of the football office. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Dec. 2023 But this depends in large part on humans deciding to give it executive control. Guillaume Thierry, Fortune, 31 July 2023 This part of the brain is also involved with motivation and executive control. Claretta Bellamy, NBC News, 4 Oct. 2023 But the prospect of AIs taking decisions – exerting executive control – is another matter. Guillaume Thierry, Fortune, 31 July 2023 But this is where the placebo effect comes in: Drinking coffee also increased the connectivity in the higher visual network and the right executive control network—something that didn’t happen in those who only took caffeine. Orianna Rosa Royle, Fortune, 28 June 2023 However, drinking coffee increased the connectivity in the higher visual network and the right executive control network. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 28 June 2023 Their judgment and decision-making abilities are underdeveloped because the prefrontal cortex — the brain’s executive control center — is not fully developed until the mid-20s, Fleisher says. Faith Karimi, CNN, 13 May 2023 These include the allegation that TVB is operating a streaming app Maiduidui in Mainland China without the proper authorization and that TVB has misled shareholders over the official name of the company that ultimately holds executive control. Patrick Frater, Variety, 17 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1982, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of executive control was in 1982

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“Executive control.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/executive%20control. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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