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    Longitudinal development of attention and inhibitory control during the first year of life

    Holmboe, K. and Bonneville-Roussy, A. and Csibra, Gergely and Johnson, Mark H. (2018) Longitudinal development of attention and inhibitory control during the first year of life. Developmental Science 21 (6), e12690. ISSN 1363-755x.

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    Abstract

    Executive functions (EFs) are key abilities that allow us to control our thoughts and actions. Research suggests that two EFs, inhibitory control (IC) and working memory (WM), emerge around 9 months. Little is known about IC earlier in infancy and whether basic attentional processes form the ‘building blocks’ of emerging IC. These questions were investigated longitudinally in 104 infants tested behaviorally on two screen-based attention tasks at 4 months, and on IC tasks at 6 and 9 months. Results provided no evidence that basic attention formed precursors for IC. However, there was full support for coherence in IC at 9 months and partial support for stability in IC from 6 months. This suggests that IC emerges earlier than previously assumed.

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    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the article, which has been published in final form at the link above. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Research Centre: Brain and Cognitive Development, Centre for (CBCD)
    Depositing User: Gergely Csibra
    Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2018 12:52
    Last Modified: 29 Jul 2019 01:34
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/22272

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