Episode 6: Executive Function--From Movement to Thought

Laura Flores Shaw returns to talk with us about current views of Executive Function, and how updating our understanding of Executive Function in relation to sensorimotor development  and function can aid clinical and educational practice. People sure talk a lot about Executive Function, don't they? It must be important!  But why? We discuss this, and ways that current computational and cognitive neuroscience research can aid us in freshening up some old terms. Also, what is working memory, and why should we care? Additionally Peggy has made some progress against the log boss in Firewatch, Deb and Jayme moved their offices across town without killing anyone including each other, and Laura went to Australia without encountering any deadly animals.

NOTE: We will be returning to the issue of Executive Function in relation to movement with concrete examples, including video, in the near future......stay tuned!

Soundcloud link:  https://soundcloud.com/deborah-budding/episode-6-executive-function


Building a case for supported communication and viewing ASD as a movement disorder:

Elizabeth Torres, PhD


Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization for shoulder/arm/hand control:


Facilitated Communication Institute:


Things to read in relation to this episode:

Koziol, L.F., Budding, D., Chidekel, D. From movement to thought: Executive function, embodied cognition,and the cerebellum. The Cerebellum 2011;11:505-525.

Hazy TE, Frank MJ, O’Reilly RC. Towards an executive without a homunculus: computational models of the prefrontal cortex/basal ganglia system. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 2007;362(1485):1601-1613. doi:10.1098/rstb.2007.2055.

Cisek, P., and Kalaska, J.F. Neural mechanisms for interacting with a world full of action choices. Annual review of neuroscience 33 (2010): 269-298.

Collins, A.G., and Frank, M.J. Motor Demands Constrain Cognitive Rule Structures. PLOS Comput Biol 12.3 (2016): e1004785.

Wilson A. D., and Golonka S. (2013). Embodied cognition is not what you think it is. Front. Psychol. 4:58 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00058

Outcome Study for Academics/Cogmed: http://archpedi.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2498559

Also, great websites:

Notes from Two Scientific Psychologists   (we love them lots)

Paul Cisek, Ph.D.   (his website was down, but now it's back up, yay)

Michael J. Frank, Ph.D.  (his work is super interesting, trust us)

Carol Seger, Ph.D. (we didn't mention her specifically in this episode, but she is the bomb)

Elizabeth Torres, Ph.D. (her work is really, really cool)

Leonard F. Koziol, Psy.D. (he has lots of cool ideas about clinical application, including about working memory; also he's a chess master)