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.
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.
|Keyword(s) / Subject(s):||Infancy, early childhood, inhibition, frontal cortex, longitudinal research|
|School:||Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences|
|Research Centre:||Brain and Cognitive Development, Centre for (CBCD)|
|Date Deposited:||22 Dec 2010 15:25|
|Last Modified:||02 Dec 2016 11:12|
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