What is Cognitive Control?

Philip David Zelazo, Jacob E. Anderson

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This chapter provides a brief introduction to research on the development of cognitive control, which refers to the neurocognitive processes involved in the intentional modulation of thought, action, and emotion. Individual differences in cognitive control measured in childhood predict key developmental outcomes, and interventions designed to foster its healthy development have the potential to help children at risk for a wide range of difficulties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMinnesota Symposia on Child Psychology
Subtitle of host publicationDeveloping Cognitive Control Processes: Mechanisms, Implications, and Interventions
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781118732373
ISBN (Print)9780470422748
StatePublished - Oct 7 2013


  • Hot executive function
  • Interventions
  • Neuroplasticity
  • Rule use
  • Theoretical approaches

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