View Full Version : Affective executive functions and cognitive executive functions?


mildadhd
04-09-17, 03:54 AM
This thread is meant to explore the relationship between affective executive functions and cognitive executive functions?

Example of affective control...

When someone experiences road rage, some of the "lower" affective executive functions the RAGE system and the SEEKING system, regulate "higher" cognitive executive functions.



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mildadhd
04-09-17, 04:23 AM
Although we think of attention as a function of the intellect, its deepest roots are in the subsoil of emotion.

From the evolutionary point of view, this could not have been otherwise.

Imagine a nutritionally challenged saber-tooth tiger charging us: to motivate us in that situation, we don't need intellect but raw fear.

Better to scoot first and ask questions later..


-Gabor Mate M.D., "Scattered", p 124.

When a caveperson was hunted by a very hungry saber-tooth tiger.

Some of the "lower" affective executive functions the SEEKING system and the FEAR system, regulated "higher" cognitive executive functions.


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mildadhd
04-09-17, 06:54 AM
In the examples in my first two posts', the dopamine driven general motivation SEEKING response system is distressed by the RAGE/Fight response system, and, the FEAR/Flight response system.

Use and maturity of "higher" cognitive executive functions and "lower" affective executive function SEEKING/enthusiasm response system is promoted, when the "lower" affective executive function SEEKING/enthusiasm response system is not distressed.



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