ERIC Number: EJ1025338
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
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Inhibitory Control during Emotional Distraction across Adolescence and Early Adulthood
Cohen-Gilbert, Julia E.; Thomas, Kathleen M.
Child Development, v84 n6 p1954-1966 Nov-Dec 2013
This study investigated the changing relation between emotion and inhibitory control during adolescence. One hundred participants between 11 and 25 years of age performed a go-nogo task in which task-relevant stimuli (letters) were presented at the center of large task-irrelevant images depicting negative, positive, or neutral scenes selected from the International Affective Picture System. Longer reaction times for negative trials were found across all age groups, suggesting that negative but not positive emotional images captured attention across this age range. However, age differences in accuracy on inhibitory trials suggest that response inhibition is more readily disrupted by negative emotional distraction in early adolescence relative to late childhood, late adolescence, or early adulthood.
Descriptors: Inhibition, Psychological Patterns, Adolescents, Young Adults, Individual Development, Reaction Time, Visual Stimuli, Attention, Age Differences, Accuracy
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