Deficits in executive functions predict longer term difficulties in STEM

Artist image of a brain. Kindergarten children who exhibit poor executive functions are at elevated risk for repeated academic difficulties across elementary school, including in mathematics and science, according to a new longitudinal study of 11,000 students attending U.S. elementary schools.
Executive functions are a set of cognitive processes that manage and regulate our goal-directed behavior. They are like the mind's "air traffic control system," helping people plan, shift their attention and organize ... More at https://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=296386&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=clickThis is an NSF News item.