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ERIC Number: EJ1040536
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Aug
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1092-4388
Can Children with SLI Detect Cognitive Conflict? Behavioral and Electrophysiological Evidence
Epstein, Baila; Shafer, Valerie L.; Melara, Robert D.; Schwartz, Richard G.
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, v57 n4 p1453-1467 Aug 2014
Purpose: This study examined whether children with specific language impairment (SLI) are deficient in detecting cognitive conflict between competing response tendencies in a GO/No-GO task. Method: Twelve children with SLI (ages 10--12), 22 children with typical language development matched group-wise on age (TLD-A), and 16 younger children with TLD (ages 8-9) matched group-wise on language skills (TLD-L) were tested using a behavioral GO/No-GO paradigm with simultaneous collection of event-related potentials. The N2 component was used as a neural index of the ability to detect conflict between GO and No-GO response tendencies. Results: Hit rates did not differentiate the 3 groups. The TLD-L children demonstrated the highest false-alarm rates. The N2 component was attenuated and showed delayed divergence of GO and No-GO amplitudes in SLI relative to TLD-A children in response to stimuli presented at various probability levels. The N2 effect in children with SLI resembled that of children with TLD who were approximately 3 years younger. Conclusions: School-age children with SLI exhibit a maturational lag in detecting conflict between competing response alternatives. Deficient conflict detection may in turn hinder these children's ability to resolve conflict among semantic representations that are activated during language processing.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
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Grant or Contract Numbers: F31DC-009356