Development of neural networks supporting goal-directed behavior

Elizabeth L. Johnson, Sarah E. Munro, Silvia A. Bunge

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Improvements in cognitive control over childhood and adolescence have long been attributed to the “coming online” of prefrontal cortex (PFC). However, fMRI studies reveal that children can engage PFC for cognitive control just as much as adults do—if not more so. We argue that gains in cognitive control are linked most closely to strengthening of the anatomical pathways that enable PFC to communicate efficiently and reliably with distant brain regions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMinnesota Symposia on Child Psychology Series
PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons Ltd
Number of pages32
StatePublished - 2011

Publication series

NameMinnesota Symposia on Child Psychology Series
ISSN (Print)0076-9266


  • Cortical thickness
  • Developmental cognitive neuroscience
  • Diffusion tensor imaging
  • Functional
  • Functional connectivity
  • MRI white matter pathways
  • Pupillometry
  • Structural

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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