Developmental changes in executive functioning

Kerry Lee*, Rebecca Bull, Ringo M. H. Ho

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

259 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Although early studies of executive functioning in children supported Miyake et al.'s (2000) three-factor model, more recent findings supported a variety of undifferentiated or two-factor structures. Using a cohort-sequential design, this study examined whether there were age-related differences in the structure of executive functioning among 6- to 15-year-olds (N = 688). Children were tested annually on tasks designed to measure updating and working memory, inhibition, and switch efficiency. There was substantial task-based variation in developmental patterns on the various tasks. Confirmatory factor analyses and tests for longitudinal factorial invariance showed that data from the 5- to 13-year-olds conformed to a two-factor structure. For the 15-year-olds, a well-separated three-factor structure was found.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1933-1953
Number of pages21
JournalChild Development
Volume84
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013
Externally publishedYes

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Developmental changes in executive functioning'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this