Executive Functions

Executive functions deal with a variety of higher-order functions—planning, conceptualizing, organizing, evaluating—largely concerned with the working of the frontal lobes, the last to evolve and develop in the human brain.  Variations in frontal function vary widely in individuals and are implicated in frontotemporal dementias, ADHD, impulse control disorders of various kinds and antisocial behaviors, and the ability to achieve insight.  Difficulties in this domain can be of many kinds, and can make inner searching and insight particularly difficult.