EXECUTIVE DYSFUNCTION By Nugent, Pam M.S. - April 7, 2013 An impairment in our ability to think in the abstract and to plan, initiate, monitor and to stop complx behaviour. Also called disturbance in executive functioning. EXECUTIVE DYSFUNCTION: "Executive dysfunction is a deficit characteristic of substance abuse persisiting dementia." Related Psychology Terms DYSFUNCTION EXECUTIVE FUNCTION APRAXIA ARITHMETIC DISABILITY DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR DISORDER APRAXIA OF GAIT DYSAUTONOMIA CATATONIA SOCIAL MATURITY SCALE SELF-CONTROL THERAPY Cite this page: Nugent, Pam M.S., "EXECUTIVE DYSFUNCTION," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/executive-dysfunction/ (accessed November 17, 2018).