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Rethinking Executive Functions in Mathematical Cognition
Medrano, Josh; Prather, Richard W.
Journal of Cognition and Development: Articles In Press, 2023.


New perspectives on executive functions propose a greater involve- ment of context. These perspectives have implications for research in mathematical cognition. We tackle the problem that although indivi- duals clearly exercise inhibitory control in mathematical contexts, researchers find that the relations between inhibitory control and mathematics are sometimes "weaker than expected." In this review, we identify how children and adults use inhibitory control in specific foundational symbolic and non-symbolic mathematical contexts, with attention to concepts learned in primary (6 to 12) years. Then, we argue that considering context (e.g., task features, participant's state, and prior knowledge) will allow researchers to thoroughly investigate the mechanistic role of cognitive processes involved in mathematical tasks
Kevin McGrew, PhD
Educational Psychologist
Director, Institute for Applied Psychometrics

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