Go or no-go? Developmental improvements in the efficiency of response inhibition in mid-childhood

Cragg, Lucy and Nation, Kate (2008) Go or no-go? Developmental improvements in the efficiency of response inhibition in mid-childhood. Developmental Science, 11 (6). pp. 819-827. ISSN 1363-755X

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Abstract

This experiment used a modified go/no-go paradigm to investigate the processes by which response inhibition becomes more efficient during mid-childhood. The novel task, which measured trials on which a response was initiated but not completed, was sensitive to developmental changes in response inhibition. The effect of inducing time pressure by narrowing allowable response time was also examined. While increasing time pressure did not reduce the inhibitory demands of the task for either age group, older children (aged 9-to-11 years) were able to inhibit their responses at an earlier stage of movement than younger children (aged 5-to-7 years). This shows that as children get older they become more efficient at controlling their behaviour which drives developmental improvements in response inhibition.

Item Type:Article
Schools/Departments:Faculty of Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:1122
Deposited By:Cragg, Dr Lucy
Deposited On:21 Sep 2009 16:38
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