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TONIETTO, Lauren et al. Interfaces among executive functions, language and intentionality. Paidéia (Ribeirão Preto) [online]. 2011, vol.21, n.49, pp.247-255. ISSN 0103-863X.

The relation between language and executive functions, also known as complex cognitive functions, has already been established in the past by Luria and Vygotsky. This article revises the concept of executive functions from a neuropsychological and cognitive perspective. Some of the executive function recognized models, as well as studies about executive functions in children, are presented. The development of executive functions is discussed from a biological, neuropsychological and cognitive perspective. The importance of language in these processes, as a regulative function of intentional action, is emphasized. This discussion proposes that developmental aspects should be included in models about executive functions.

Keywords : language; intentionality; frontal lobe; development.

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