Measures of Executive Functions (EF) are known to be among the best predictors of daily functioning. Yet, these measures have long been criticized for having poor ecological validity, in part because they fail to resemble the context within which daily functioning occurs.
While much effort has gone into the development of new measures that capture the typical contexts of daily life (e.g., the need to self-initiate or to prioritize among multiple tasks), many other contextual factors cannot be incorporated into any single test.
This is because some factors fluctuate from day to day or patient to patient (e.g., the sleep quality or the severity of pain one is experiencing), or because they reflect a relevant individual difference within which EF occurs (e.g., EF may be differentially important for people with high vs. low IQ).
This special issue will focus on research that examines such contextual factors. Specifically, we are interested in articles that examine the following:
- Whether the association between EF and functional outcomes is moderated by contextual factors (e.g., sleep, pain, stress, life complexity, living situation, etc.)
- Whether the association between EF and functional outcomes is moderated by individual-difference factors (e.g., demographics, personality, IQ, memory, general mental status, etc.)
- Whether the association between functional outcomes and either contextual or individual-difference factors is mediated by EF
- Whether a given contextual factor impacts performance on measures of EF
Appropriate articles will use either traditional or novel measures of EF, variables that reflect one or several contextual factors, and a meaningful functional outcome. Research on both healthy and clinical populations is welcome.
Executive functioning can be defined broadly, including executive cognitive functions, initiation and maintenance of thought and action, response selection/inhibition, meta-tasking, and prospective memory.
Similarly, a variety of functional outcomes can be examined, including instrumental activities of daily living, functional independence, medication management, driving ability, work or school success, and others.
Review articles and metanalyses of the associations among EF, functional outcomes, and/or particular contextual factors are very much welcome, but the authors should inquire with the editor prior to submission to ensure that their article does not overlap with other review article submissions.
Researchers wishing to submit a manuscript in response to this call for papers must submit by March 15, 2019.
Please indicate in the cover letter accompanying your manuscript, as well as in the drop-down Special Issue menu in the ScholarOne submission portal, that you would like to have the paper considered for the special issue on Contextually Valid Assessment of Executive Functions.
If you have any questions regarding the special issue, please contact the Editor-in-Chief, Yana Suchy, at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Editor-in-Chief: Yana Suchy, University of Utah (email@example.com)