Executive function

Executive function problems can be seen in everyday activities, and often are more obvious in stressful or emotional situations. Imagine a situation in which the washing machine begins to leak water. A logical response might include turning off the machine if it is running, trying to identify the source of the leak, turning off the water to the machine, and putting towels on the floor to soak up the water. After a right hemisphere stroke, a people with RHD may not be able to generate these ideas or carry them out. The emotion or panic associated with the situation makes it even harder to ‘think straight’ and decide what to do about it.