November 19, 2009

Adele Diamond, a leading cognitive neuroscientist, is a professor at the University of British Columbia who studies how social dramatic play can build Executive Function skills in children's brains. As Diamond explains it, Executive Function is a container term for capacities like inhibitory control, working memory, and cognitive flexibility.

In this narrated slideshow, we pair Diamond explaining the nuts and bolts of Executive Function with 5th and 6th graders demonstrating some of the principles she describes through improvisational theater games.

Diamond's interview is featured in our public radio program, "Learning, Doing, Being: A New Science of Education." Check it out at

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