The relevance of executive functioning to academic performance in Hong Kong adolescents

May Lan Alma Mary Gerardina Au, Yue Teng, Kam Mei Lau, Man Kin Lai, Charles C.H. Chan, Roxanne Lam, Patrick Leung

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The wide-ranging abilities falling under the umbrella of executive functioning (EF) have been suggested to be associated with the capacity to perform well academically. The present study explored the association between various aspects of EF, including conceptual fl exibility, monitoring and inhibition, and academic performance in a local adolescent sample. Results lent support to the multidimensionality of EF. Specifi cally, motor inhibition and cognitive inhibition were identifi ed as separable components of the construct of inhibition. Among the three EF dimensions, conceptual flexibility was found to have significant contribution in predicting academic achievement. Findings were discussed with reference to the local education context and the methodological issues involved in the present study. De Gruyter.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-185
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal on Disability and Human Development
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011


  • academic performance
  • cognitive flexibility
  • executive functioning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Sensory Systems
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Advanced and Specialised Nursing
  • Speech and Hearing


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