Children and adolescents' development of executive functions in digital contexts

Bruce D. Homer, Teresa M. Ober, Rachel M. Flynn

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2 Scopus citations

Abstract

This symposium will focus on developmental aspects of executive functions, and how technology may contribute to the enhancement of these essential cognitive skills over the lifespan. Speakers will address the development of executive functions in childhoodand adolescenceand will discuss issues relating to individual differences in executive functions. Throughout the presentations, speakers will discuss some of the methodological challenges in studying such an elusive construct and will discuss the opportunities afforded by new and emerging digital technologies. Issues include: (1) opportunities afforded by digital technologies for enhancing EF; (2) notable changes in EF over the course of development; (3) studying the transfer of EF with respect to more domain-specific skills; and (4) and challenges in consistently measuring EF across agesand in different populations. This symposium aims to point towards limitations and new directions in understanding and improving the development of EF in a technologically advanced society, with consideration of how digital technologies can impair -or improve the development of specific cognitive skills. Implications for children and adolescents' development in a digital context will be discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Technology, Mind, and Society Conference, TechMindSociety 2018
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
ISBN (Electronic)9781450354202
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 5 2018
Event2018 Technology, Mind, and Society Conference, TechMindSociety 2018 - Washington, United States
Duration: Apr 5 2018Apr 7 2018

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series

Other

Other2018 Technology, Mind, and Society Conference, TechMindSociety 2018
CountryUnited States
CityWashington
Period4/5/184/7/18

Keywords

  • Adolescence
  • Childhood
  • Cognitive processes
  • Development
  • Empirical studies
  • Executive Functions
  • Video Games

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications

Cite this

Homer, B. D., Ober, T. M., & Flynn, R. M. (2018). Children and adolescents' development of executive functions in digital contexts. In Proceedings of the Technology, Mind, and Society Conference, TechMindSociety 2018 [a17] (ACM International Conference Proceeding Series). Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/3183654.3183696