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The development of early executive functions

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

Executive functions are the set of high-level goal-directed thinking skills that develop rapidly during early childhood. While a lot is known about executive function development between the ages of 3 and 5, we know much less about how executive functions develop over the toddler years, known as the ’dark ages’ of cognitive development. In some of our recent work, we have found that important developments occur between the ages of 2 and 3 in children’s ability to flexibly switch their behaviour. A project in this area would extend this work to look at a wider range of executive functions. Projects could examine how executive functions develop over time during this stage of development, how they predict more complex emerging cognitive skills and/or how they are influenced by socioeconomic factors.

Funding Notes

Self funded or sponsored students only. No University funding available.

NB The University has some tuition fee scholarship under competition - application deadline is 23 January 2019 at 5pm

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FTE Category A staff submitted: 34.45

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