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Revista de Neuro-Psiquiatría

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COSSIO-BOLANOS, Marco et al. Bibliometric analysis of executive functions of older adults in Ibero-America. Rev Neuropsiquiatr [online]. 2021, vol.84, n.2, pp.94-102. ISSN 0034-8597.


a) To verify the number of studies on executive functions (EF) in older adults carried out in Ibero-America; b) To identify the instruments used to measure EF in older adults during the years 2009-2018.

Material and methods:

A bibliometric study on EF in older adults in Latin America was carried out through the Scopus and Scielo databases. Studies published in Spanish and Portuguese languages using eight keywords and five registered indicators.


Between 2009 and 2018, a total of 12 original investigations have been carried out in six Iberoamerican countries (Spain, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, and Peru). Most EF-related investigations were reported duing the 2010-2009 and 2013-2014 periods. Several instruments were used, the Trail Making Test and the Frontal Assessment Battery being the most frequent.


There seems to be a limited interest in investigating EF in older adults in Ibero-America. Most of these studies identified in this inquiry used the TMT and the FAB as cognitive tests.

Keywords : Executive functions; elderly; neurocognitive test; cognitive assessment screening instrument.

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