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The reading brain: Executive function hard at work

from By: Linda R. Hecker

From May 28: When I talk with educators across the country, they often lament that students don't read much anymore, especially in the face of ubiquitous social and multimedia distractions. Even students with intact decoding and fluency complain that reading is just too hard, not worth the effort. Why is reading such a challenge for so many? One often overlooked factor is the role that executive function plays when we engage with text. Broadly put, executive function describes the cognitive processes that regulate self-directed behavior toward a goal. more


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