Neurobiology of cognitive competencies in primary school age: the latest foreign research



This paper presents the current researches revealing the peculiarities of neurocognitive status in primary school age and illustrating the achievements of the scientific school of foreign universities in such areas as: neuroscience compensatory-regulatory mechanisms of overcoming congenital learning difficulties; educational strategies that optimize the neurobiological status of the student; neurobiological tools for the development of the cognitive sphere of students; environmental and psychosomatic factors that affect the neurocognitive status of young students. The authors allocated memory resources, executive activity capabilities, inhibition reactions and self-control as the main elements in cognitive competencies’ formation. The materials provide evidence in favor of the importance of the quality of educational environments and attention to students with learning difficulties in their first school years.

General Information

Keywords: junior school age; cognitive flexibility, connectiveness; zones of cerebral cortex; executive activity; working memory, inhibition

Journal rubric: Cognitive Pedagogy

Article type: review article


For citation: Ermolova Т.V., Litvinov A.V., Balygina E.A., Savitskaya N.V., Litvinova A.V. Neurobiology of cognitive competencies in primary school age: the latest foreign research [Elektronnyi resurs]. Sovremennaia zarubezhnaia psikhologiia = Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology, 2020. Vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 8–20. DOI: 10.17759/jmfp.2020090201. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Тatiana V. Ermolova, PhD in Psychology, Head of the Chair of Foreign and Russian Philology, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Alexander V. Litvinov, PhD in Education, professor of the chair of foreign and Russian philology, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, associate professor at Foreign Languages Department at the Facultyof Economics (RUDN University), Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Elena A. Balygina, PhD in Philology, Associate Professor of the Department of Foreign and Russian Philology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Natalia V. Savitskaya, PhD in Education, associate professor of the department of foreign and russian philology, Moscow State University of psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Anna V. Litvinova, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Department of Scientific Basis of Extreme Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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