Old wine in new skins: Novel perspectives on the development of cognitive control
Cognitive control refers to flexible and goal-directed action and it is a hallmark of human cognition. Its development has been predominantly described in terms of quantitative changes. An emerging perspective argues however that children deploy control in qualitatively different ways compared to adults. In this talk I will explore mechanisms of cognitive control development focussing on variability, metacognition and plasticity. I will leverage different methodologies (i.e. neuroimaging and computational modelling) to understand mechanisms of change and discuss how we can capitalise this to devise interventions at critical points of impact.