A Novel Way to Measure Executive Functions in Primary School Students in an Engaging, Child-Friendly and Valid Way.

Poster #24 ID: 54808 Type: Poster Demonstration
  1. Valeska Berg, Mark McMahon, and Shane Rogers, Edith Cowan University, Australia
  2. Michael Garrett and Dominic Manley, Cinglevue International, Australia

Tuesday, June 25 6:00 PM-7:30 PM Location: Koepelzaal View on map

Presider: Yoko Usui, Tohoku Gakuin University, Japan

Abstract: The poster session provides an overview of the newly developed eFun app which aims to measure cognitive executive functions in an engaging, valid and child-friendly way in primary school students. Primary school requires a new set of skills, for example, to sit down quietly and pay attention to what the teacher is saying, without getting distracted. Executive functions (EFs) facilitate navigating the new expectations of primary school by orchestrating thoughts, emotions and attention towards a goal. Not surprisingly, EFs have shown to predict success in school and life. Although interest in EFs has been increasing over the past two decades, current measurement tools for children have not significantly improved in the past two decades (Wallisch, Little, Dean, & Dunn, 2018).

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