Metacognition and Executive Function: A Dynamic Relationship of Cognitive Functioning

Executive function and metacognition both help with behavior regulation, problem solving, and more — skills that are crucial to success in school and in life. These two sets of cognitive processes have more in common than not, but they’ve traditionally been studied separately rather than in conjunction by research communities. Metacognitive thinking has been studied […]

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MEFS App version 1.1.23

New Features in the MEFS App Update! Reflection Sciences is proud to announce that we have just released the Minnesota Executive Function Scale (MEFSTM) version 1.1.23 on iTunes! This update includes the latest language addition: Somali, bringing the total to seven available languages (others include English, Spanish, Dutch, German [Swiss], Swedish, and Mandarin Chinese). To […]

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Upcoming Professional Development Session with Dr. Stephanie M. Carlson

EF Skills: A Foundation for Learning and Adaptation Attend this workshop to learn about Executive Function skills for children, what they are, why they’re important, how they develop, and how to use a measurement tool to identify and support strengths and areas for improvement. Thursday, June 15, 2017 at Metro ECSU (Anderson Center, Bethel University, […]

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Case Study – MEFS Predicts K Outcomes

The Minnesota Executive Function Scale (MEFS) is a brief, tablet-based comprehensive measure of executive function skills that is nationally normed down to 2 years of age. Reflection Sciences introduced the MEFS assessment to a consortium of independent schools to be used during the admissions process. Here’s what they found: Applicants who enrolled scored 10 points higher […]

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What Is Social Development in Early Childhood?

Social development in early childhood is an important part of a person’s overall health, wellbeing, and happiness throughout his or her life. Social development is very closely linked to cognitive and emotional development, and together these developmental markers and milestones build the foundation for developing relationships with other people, coping with stressful situations, and many […]

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What is the Importance of Pretend Play in Child Development?

How can pretend play act as an ally of healthy executive function development in young children? According to pretend play in child development expert, Distinguished McKnight University Professor at the University of Minnesota, and Reflection Sciences Co-founder, Dr. Stephanie M. Carlson, “Play is about as ‘blueprinted’ a behavior as you can have in terms of […]

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Executive Function: An Interview with Dr. Phil Zelazo

Dr. Philip David Zelazo, Co-founder of Reflection Sciences and leading researcher in the field of developmental psychology, was recently interviewed by Ellen Galinsky, Executive Director and Chief Science Officer of Mind in the Making at the Bezos Family Foundation, Co-founder and President of Families and Work Institute (FWI), and Vroom Advisor. The interview was highlighted in […]

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How Executive Function Promotes Healthy Emotional Development in Children 4–9 Years Old

As children continue to grow, there are important developmental benchmarks for parents and teachers to monitor to ensure healthy development. A child’s wellbeing goes far beyond physical health—mental, emotional, and social considerations also are crucial. In this post, we’ll focus on how Executive Function skills promote healthy emotional development in children 4–9 years old. Executive […]

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University of Minnesota – CEHD’s CEED partners with Reflection Sciences

by Cassandra Blohowiak The Center for Early Education and Development (CEED) has partnered with tech start-up Reflection Sciences to conduct on-site trainings on the Minnesota Executive Function Scale (MEFS) in Minnesota. The MEFS is a testing app that early educators can use to measure executive function (EF) and early learning readiness in children. It is the only early learning readiness assessment measuring […]

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The Batman Effect – How To Get Kids to Focus Using Superheroes

For young children, the importance of pretend play is more than just the ability to have fun. In a recent study by Dr. Stephanie M. Carlson, University of Minnesota Professor and Reflection Sciences CEO and Co-founder, and U of MN alums Dr. Rachel White, Dr. Emily Prager, and Catherine Schaefer, children who pretend to be […]

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