Executive Function Development

Using behavioral, survey, and electroencephalography (EEG) methodology, data is being collected to examine connections between executive functions (EFs: cognitive flexibility, inhibition, working memory) and factors that may affect the development of these functions. EFs are foundational skills that help us to control interference from distracting information. Due to the plasticity of the brain (i.e., the ability of our brain to adapt to environmental change by modifying its neural connectivity) and fluidity of executive functions, evidence has been found that these areas can be enhanced through optimal environmental experiences (e.g., cognitive training, bilingualism, translating).

Existing lines of research has examined the effects of bilingualism and child translating on executive functions. Other existing research has further investigated socioemotional adjustment of child translators exposed to high levels of translating to understand the full picture of the translator.

Future research plans to investigate EF task measures and correlations with existing measures of attention.


The lab also collaborates on research in other areas of language development, neuropsychology, and childhood development.