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My current research focus on the early manifestations and development of the Executive Functions. More specifically, on the early challenges children face, and what means they use to self-regulate their behavior. Through longitudinal observations and microgenetical analysis, we analyze how the uses of objects and instruments pose difficulties for the children and their creative search for solutions.
The origins and early development of Executive Functions (EF) have been closely related to language. The investigation in EF development has been conducted mainly through standardized tasks, in which the researcher determines what the child should do, how and when. Critical voices question the ecological validity of the classic tasks and emphasize...
The two first years of life are critical in the development of Executive Functions (EF). However, very little is known about their early manifestations, how they develop, how they relate to other psychological constructions or the status of other people’s influence in this early development. The study of EFs has been carried out through standardise...
Executive functions (EFs) embrace a range of cognitive control processes that allow us to control and direct our own behavior, thoughts, and emotions and to develop complex responses to difficulties. Standardized tasks commonly used to investigate EFs are reviewed. Here, a study is reported of the first challenges that children set for themselves i...
The psychological literature on the development of gestures during the first year of life has been limited. It has mainly focused on the development of pointing at around 11 months of age, considering it the gesture that allows triadic interactions. However, recent studies have argued for the importance of earlier ostensive gestures (showing and gi...
From the end of the first year children begin to self-regulate their own behaviour. Executive Functions are already present. This paper shows evidence — from a longitudinal case study carried out at an infant school — of the beginnings of the functional use of a spoon by an 11-month-old child through self-regulatory processes with non-linguistic se...