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Theoretical 'top-down' cognitive system responsible for the management of executive functions including planning, working memory, attention, problem solving, reasoning, inhibition, multi-tasking, and the initiation and monitoring of actions.
REFERENCED IN COLLECTION: Baddeley's model of working memory
Executive/Cognitive Control
MSharman about five years ago.

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dual-task paradigm
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Definition contributed by ALenartowicz about eight years ago:The core mental process of working memory that allows for information that is stored in short-term memory to be actively manipulated (e.g., mental arithmetic). The term 'central executive' is typically associated with psychologist Alan Baddeley's "Model of Working Memory".

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