How your brain's executive function works -- and how to improve it | Sabine Doebel

Important Vocabulary Words From The Video


impulses are sudden feelings or thoughts that you have without any clear reason. You might have an impulse to eat a certain food, or to hit someone.

  • He couldn't control his impulses and he ate the whole cake.
  • She has a lot of impulses that she struggles to control.

An autopilot is a system that is designed to make your car or airplane fly by itself. The autopilot usually works by using sensors to keep track of your location and the direction that you are traveling.

  • The autopilot is automatically guiding the plane to the airport.
  • The autopilot is keeping the car on the road.

A buzzword is a word or phrase that is popular among a particular group of people, but that you might not be familiar with. Sometimes a word or phrase is called a buzzword because it is used a lot in speeches or in the media.

  • The buzzword for the month was "collaborative consumption."
  • The buzzword for the week was "digital detox."

To tidy something is to make it clean and orderly. Sometimes people use the word to describe the act of cleaning up after yourself.

  • She tried to tidy the room but it was all messed up again.
  • I tried to tidy my room but it was still a mess.

Marshmallow is a type of candy that is made from sugar, cornstarch, and gelatin. It is often flavored with vanilla or chocolate, and it is very soft.

  • He was so excited to try the new marshmallow flavor that he ate four in one day.
  • When she was a child, she loved to eat marshmallows, and she still loves them now.

Gratification is anything that makes you feel good. This can be physical, emotional, or intellectual.

  • The goal of the game was to gratify the player's curiosity.
  • The satisfaction that I felt after finishing the project was gratifying.

Marshmallows are a type of candy that is made from sugar, corn syrup, and gelatin. They are usually yellow or brown, and they are very sweet.

  • He ate a marshmallow and it was the worst thing that he has ever tasted.
  • She loved marshmallows as a child, and she still loves them today.

To distract someone is to take their attention away from something else. You might distract them by calling them over or by throwing a ball at them.

  • The teacher tried to distract the students by calling on them one by one.
  • The ball was thrown distractingly at the dog, which caused it to run away.