Authors: Andrea N. Burgess, Laurie E. Cutting.
Publication: Mind, Brain and Education (Wiley). First published: 20 September 2023 2023 | DOI: 10.1111/mbe.12378
Despite decades of prior research, the mechanisms of skilled reading development remain elusive. Numerous studies have identified word recognition and oral language ability as key components to explain later reading comprehension performance. However, these components alone do not fully explain differences in reading achievement. There is ongoing work exploring other cognitive processes important for reading, such as the set of skills encompassed in the domain-general concept of executive function (EF). Here, we summarize our work on the behavioral and neurobiological connections between EF and reading and present preliminary neuroimaging findings from ongoing work. Together, these studies suggest (1) that EF plays a supportive and perhaps indirect role in reading achievement and (2) that EF-related brain regions interface with the reading and language networks. While further work is needed to dissect the specifics of how EF interacts with reading, these studies begin to reveal the complex role that EF plays in reading development.
Burgess, A. N., & Cutting, L. E. The Behavioral and Neurobiological Relationships between Executive Function and Reading: A Review of Current and Preliminary Findings. Mind, Brain, and Education. https://doi.org/10.1111/mbe.12378