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 neuralconnectivity) 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 have 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.

Current research is investigating links between EF measures and adaptive behaviors across the early childhood years. If you would like to be involved in this research, please contact us!


The lab also collaborates on research in other areas of language development, neuropsychology, and childhood development. If you are interested in a collaboration or partnership, please contact the lab!