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Psicologia em Pesquisa

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BARROS, Priscila Magalhães  and  HAZIN, Izabel. Assessment of Executive Functions in Childhood: Review of Concepts and Tools. Psicol. pesq. [online]. 2013, vol.7, n.1, pp.13-22. ISSN 1982-1247.

The executive functions (EF) are complex mental functions, responsible for autoregulation. Despite growing scientific interest in the study of these functions, there are still uncertainties about the construct. This article aims to add evidence of research in the field of neuropsychological assessment of children. This is a systematic review of publications indexed in the databases PsycINFO and PubMed in the last five years (2008-2013). Twenty-five articles were identified. The results indicate an increase of scientific literature on the topic in the last three years. The main identified tools for evaluating EF were BRIEF, Wechsler scales and tasks based on Go/No-Go and Stroop paradigms. A relative consensus about the multidimensional nature of the EF was observed. However, theoretical and methodological differences remain as to the nature and amount of these components.

Keywords : Executive functions; neuropsychological assessment; systematic review.

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