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Freeze-frame: a new infant inhibition task and its relation to frontal cortex tasks during infancy and early childhood

Holmboe, Karla and Pasco Fearon, R.M. and Tucker, Leslie A. and Csibra, Gergely and Johnson, Mark H. (2008) Freeze-frame: a new infant inhibition task and its relation to frontal cortex tasks during infancy and early childhood. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology 100 (2), pp. 89-114. ISSN 0022-0965.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jecp.2007.09.004

Abstract

The current study investigated a new, easily administered, visual inhibition task for infants termed the Freeze-Frame task. In the new task, 9-month-olds were encouraged to inhibit looks to peripheral distractors. This was done by briefly freezing a central animated stimulus when infants looked to the distractors. Half of the trials presented an engaging central stimulus, and the other half presented a repetitive central stimulus. Three measures of inhibitory function were derived from the task and compared with performance on a set of frontal cortex tasks administered at 9 and 24 months of age. As expected, infants’ ability to learn to selectively inhibit looks to the distractors at 9 months predicted performance at 24 months. However, performance differences in the two Freeze-Frame trial types early in the experiment also turned out to be an important predictor. The results are discussed in terms of the validity of the Freeze-Frame task as an early measure of different components of inhibitory function.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Infancy, early childhood, inhibition, frontal cortex, longitudinal research
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2010 15:25
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:19
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/2430

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