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Date(s) - 23/03/2015
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Baycrest - Classroom ABC


Executive control: breaking it down and building it up

Gary Turner, PhD, C.Psych

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology, Faculty of Health
York University

Adjunct Scientist

Heart & Stroke Foundation Partnership for Stroke Recovery

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Presentation Abstract:

Executive control functions are necessary to guide our behaviour when past actions can no longer predict future outcomes, when salience doesn’t equal relevance, or when knowledge is readily separated from action. Put another way, executive control is essential for sustaining adaptive, goal-directed behaviour in the constantly shifting milieu of complexity and contingency that is our everyday lives. In this talk, I will present recent work from my laboratory investigating the neural basis of executive control functions, how these are altered across the adult lifespan and how this understanding is informing approaches to enhance executive control, and goal directed behaviour, in healthy aging.

Telehealth will not be available for this session.