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2019-Elkhonon Goldberg

Executive Functions in Health and Disease, a 2019 Cape Cod Institute workshop led by Elkhonon Goldberg, June 17-21, 2019.

Elkhonon Goldberg

Executive Functions in Health and Disease
June 17-21, 2019

This course will present the state-of-the art understanding of executive functions and dysfunction and their relationship to the frontal lobes. A review of the central neurobiological, cognitive, and clinical concepts will be offered, with some of the established concepts challenged and novel ones introduced.  The course is designed to be both relevant and accessible to practicing neuropsychologists, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, neurologists, cognitive neuroscientists, as well as other professionals interested in cutting-edge issues of brain and cognition.


  • General review of the neural basis of executive functions: frontal lobes and more.

  • Evolution of executive functions.

  • Subdivisions of the prefrontal cortex and major frontal-lobe syndromes.

  • From modules to networks.

  • Large-scale networks: Central Executive, Default Mode, and others.

  • Elements of executive functions: models of the future, generativity, mental flexibility, impulse control, and others.


  • New ideas in the cognitive neuroscience of executive functions.

  • Decision making in novel and ambiguous environments.

  • Lateralization of frontal-lobe structure and function.

  • Sex and handedness differences.

  • Frontal lobes and emotions.

  • The working memory conundrum: working memory and long-term memory.



  • Intelligence and the frontal lobes.

  • Creativity and the frontal lobes: hyperfrontality, hypofrontality and the creative spark.

  • Frontal lobes and the lifespan: how neurobiology and environment interact.

  • Frontal lobes and consciousness.


  • Executive dysfunction in neurodevelopmental syndromes.

  • Reconceptualizing Tourette syndrome and its relationship to ADHD.

  • Executive dysfunction in dementias: Alzheimer’s disease; Lewy body dementia and Parkinson’s disease; Frontotemporal degeneration.


  • Executive dysfunction in neuropsychiatric disorders: schizophrenia and affective disorders.

  • Executive dysfunction in traumatic brain injury.

  • Brief review of executive function assessment tools. Their strengths, limitations, and what the new “frontal-lobe” assessment tools should target.

Elkhonon Goldberg

Elkhonon Goldberg

Elkhonon Goldberg, Ph.D., ABPP/ABCN, is a clinical professor of neurology, New York University School of Medicine, and the Founding Director of Luria Neuroscience Institute. He is a diplomate of The American Board of Professional Psychology / American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology, with over 40 years of experience in neuropsychological diagnosis, cognitive rehabilitation, and forensic neuropsychology. Dr. Goldberg is internationally renowned for his clinical work, research, writings and teaching in the area of clinical neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience. He is particularly well known for his work on executive functions and dysfunction. His other areas of expertise include memory disorders, attention deficit disorder, dementia, traumatic brain injury, and others. Dr. Goldberg was a student and close associate of the great neuropsychologist Alexander Luria, whose memory he honored in two edited volumes: Contemporary Neuropsychology and the Legacy of Luria (Laurence Erlbaum, 1991) and The Legacy of Luria in the 21st Century (Oxford University Press, 2009). Goldberg’s books The Executive Brain: Frontal Lobes and the Civilized Mind (Oxford University Press, 2001); The Wisdom Paradox: How Your Mind Can Grow Stronger as Your Brain Grows Older (Gotham Books, Penguin, 2005); The New Executive Brain: Frontal Lobes in a Complex World (Oxford University Press, 2009) have received international critical acclaim and have been published in 20 languages. His book Executive Functions in Health and Disease (Academic Press, 2017) has received a “highly commended book” award by the British Medical Association. His most recent book is Creativity: The Human Brain in the Age of Innovation (Oxford University Press, 2018). Goldberg is a foreign member of The Venetian Institute of Science, Literature and Arts; as well as a recipient of Copernicus Prize for contributions to neurosciences and neuropsychology, and of Tempos Hominis medal for international medical sciences educations. Goldberg has served as Visiting Scholar at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Visiting Professor at University of Sydney. He lectures worldwide. His current research spans a wide range of topics, ranging from the brain mechanisms of decision making to Artificial General Intelligence. See

What our alumni are saying:

“Dr. Goldberg is very knowledgeable and up to date with research, clearly an expert in the field.”

“Dr. Goldberg is a lovely gentleman with a tremendous amount of expertise.”


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