Executive Dysfunctions Associated with the Use of Information Technology

  • Mónica RosselliEmail author
  • Deven M. Christopher


Technology is used as a tool to perform goals in everyday life; however, for some, it can also be an agent of diverse negative consequences such as impaired impulse control, which accompanies a range of executive dysfunctions that negatively impact an individual’s ability to function. Even for individuals who have not been diagnosed with a disorder, it is important to consider the potential drawbacks of technology use, such as the difficulty to maintain control over goal-directed or stimulus-driven attention in the midst of the many interruptions that can arrive while an individual is connected to the Internet. This chapter reviews some of the current knowledge surrounding the influence of IT use on cognitive processes, particularly on those abilities involving executive functions, and presents the clinical description of newly defined psychological disorders associated with the use of IT.


Information technology Executive function Internet addiction Problematic Internet use Internet gaming disorder Multi-tasking Nomophobia Executive dysfunction Computers Smartphones 


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