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Anales de Psicología

On-line version ISSN 1695-2294Print version ISSN 0212-9728

Abstract

STELZER, Florencia; MAZZONI, Cecilia C.  and  CERVIGNI, Mauricio A.. Cognitive models of executive functions development: methodological limitations and theoretical challenges. Anal. Psicol. [online]. 2014, vol.30, n.1, pp.329-336. ISSN 1695-2294.  http://dx.doi.org/10.6018/analesps.30.1.139251.

Executive functions (EF) have been defined as a series of higher-order cognitive processes which allow the control of thought, behavior and affection according to the achievement of a goal. Such processes present a lengthy postnatal development which matures completely by the end of adolescence. In this article we make a review of some of the main models of EF development during childhood. The aim of this work is to describe the state of the art related to the topic, identifying the main theoretical difficulties and methodological limitations associated with the different proposed paradigms. Finally, some suggestions are given to cope with such difficulties, emphasizing that the development of an ontology of EF could be a viable alternative to counter them. We believe that futture researches should guide their efforts toward the development of that ontology.

Keywords : Cognitive models; executive functions; development; ontology.

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