Definition of executive function
: the group of complex mental processes and cognitive abilities (such as working memory, impulse inhibition, and reasoning) that control the skills (such as organizing tasks, remembering details, managing time, and solving problems) required for goal-directed behavior The biggest impacts, she says, are in enhancing what's known as executive function— the ability to perform complex tasks that rely on planning or decision making.— Janet Raloff also : one of these complex mental processes But a new study reports that soccer players actually have superior executive functions, the brain processes responsible for planning and abstract thinking. — Sindya N. Bhanoo
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