#8 What are Higher Level Executive Functions?
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Higher-Level Executive Functions unite working memory, inhibitory control, and cognitive flexibility. Like a sound engineer in a recording studio, we can mindfully arrange, balance and adjust our mental input or perceptions into a composition. It requires a concert of reasoning, creativity, planning, pattern recognition, timing and sequencing skills.

Higher-Level Executive Functions

1. Reasoning: Act of drawing conclusions to solve problems and make decisions.

  • Reasoning with information makes it memorable

2. Time management:

  • Planning and prioritizing: arranging activities for the present and future.
  • Making predictions: to forecast something about the future.

3. Organization: The process through which we mentally arrange or order information into meaningful and digestible patterns.

  • Memory is improved when we organize information before we encode it.
  • Keeping materials organized saves time and attention.
  • Organizing ideas helps us to arrange and digest them.
  • Mind maps
  • Outlines
  • Timelines
  • Planners and agendas

4. Identifying Patterns: describes cognitive processes that match information from a stimulus with information retrieved from memory.

  • Improves memory - allows us to link new information to old knowledge.
  • Improves attention - helps us focus.

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