ECDL/OER Seminar: Investigating Executive Function Within A Context

ECDL/OER Seminar: Investigating Executive Function Within A Context

Date & Time

16 November 2015, 00:00




Office of Education Research (OER)



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As an umbrella term, executive function has been linked to problem solving, decision-making, and self-regulation. The early development of executive function is associated with academic success, social competence, and mental health. Hence, it is important to investigate the early development of executive function. Taking a functional approach, in the current talk, I emphasize that when examining executive function, we should consider the context associated with the task. In particular, I will report studies showing that context can influence how children interpret the task, how children interpret their own affective states and motivation, how children interpret other people’s action, and further influence how children perform on the executive function task. Taken together, context matters. 


Dr. Qu Li is an assistant professor at the Division of Psychology, Nanyang Technological University. She received her PhD from University of Toronto, Canada. She is interested in the development of executive function, and how emotional, socio-cultural, and linguistic context may influence such development. She is also interested in how to improve creativity and cognitive flexibility in general. Her work has been published in journals such as Child Development, Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, Cognitive Development, Social Development, Emotion, Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, and Journal of Creative Behavior. She has received many grants to examine the early development of executive function, school readiness, and theory of mind.

This seminar is organised by Education & Cognitive Development Lab (ECDL), Office of Education  Research.