executive control

noun

Definition of executive control

psychology
: 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

First Known Use of executive control

1982, in the meaning defined above

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“Executive control.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/executive%20control. Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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