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