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    Applying gaze-contingent training within community settings to infants from diverse SES backgrounds

    Ballieux, H. and Wass, S.V. and Przemyslaw, T. and Kushnerenko, Elena and Karmiloff-Smith, Annette and Johnson, Mark H. and Moore, D.G. (2016) Applying gaze-contingent training within community settings to infants from diverse SES backgrounds. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology 43 , pp. 8-17. ISSN 0193-3973.

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    Abstract

    Even in infancy children from low-SES backgrounds differ in frontal cortex functioning and, by the start of pre-school, they frequently show poor performance on executive functions including attention control. These differences may causally mediate later difficulties in academic learning. Here, we present a study to assess the feasibility of using computerized paradigms to train attention control in infants, delivered weekly over five sessions in early intervention centres for low-SES families. Thirty-three 12-month-old infants were recruited, of whom 23 completed the training. Our results showed the feasibility of repeat-visit cognitive training within community settings. Training-related improvements were found, relative to active controls, on tasks assessing visual sustained attention, saccadic reaction time, and rule learning, whereas trend improvements were found on assessments of short-term memory. No significant improvements were found in task switching. These results warrant further investigation into the potential of this method for targeting ‘at-risk’ infants in community settings.

    Metadata

    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Cognitive training, Attention training, Early development, Socioeconomic status, Community settings, Infant
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Research Centre: Brain and Cognitive Development, Centre for (CBCD)
    Depositing User: Mark Johnson
    Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2016 16:17
    Last Modified: 02 Dec 2016 11:44
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/13952

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