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Executive Functions in Health and Disease

Elkhonon Goldberg: Executive Functions in Health and Disease

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Summarize the evolution and neural basis of executive functions

  2. Describe the subdivisions of the prefrontal cortex and major frontal-lobe syndromes  

  3. Discuss new ideas and research in the cognitive neuroscience of executive functions

  4. Discuss sex and handedness differences                                                                           

  5. Describe the difference between working memory and long-term memory

  6. Discuss frontal lobe impact on emotions, intelligence, consciousness, and creativity

  7. Describe how neurobiology and the environment interact across the lifespan

  8. Discuss executive dysfunction in dementias including Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy Body dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and Frontotemporal degeneration

  9. Describe executive dysfunction in neuropsychiatric disorders including schizophrenia and affective disorders

  10. Discuss traumatic brain injury and its effects on executive function

  11. Identify limitations and strengths of various executive function assessment tools