ERIC Number: EJ793433
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
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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; Pasco Fearon, R. M.; Csibra, Gergely; Tucker, Leslie A.; Johnson, Mark H.
Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, v100 n2 p89-114 Jun 2008
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.
Descriptors: Infants, Inhibition, Cognitive Development, Task Analysis, Brain, Comparative Analysis, Performance, Predictor Variables
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