Executive and frontal lobe function

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Executive function impairment is frequently reported in studies of patients with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), although the findings are not always consistent. The most prominent deficits include working memory, phonological fluency, cognitive flexibility, and planning. Previous studies of executive deficits have been criticized for their lack of control over basic attentional processes in measuring executive function. It is proposed that such issues can be addressed statistically and by applying theory-driven approaches such as the working memory model. Detailed characterization of residual executive function deficits after treatment of OSA is critical for the evaluation of treatment outcome and the development of appropriate cognitive rehabilitation strategies. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of sleep
EditorsClete A. KUSHIDA
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherAcademic Press
ISBN (Print)9780123786111
Publication statusPublished - 2013


Lau, E. Y. Y. (2013). Executive and frontal lobe function. In C. A. Kushida (Ed.), Encyclopedia of sleep (pp. 352-359). London: Academic Press.


  • Executive function
  • Frontal lobe
  • Neurocognitive function
  • Obstructive sleep apnea


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