ERIC Number: EJ867181
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Self-Control and the Developing Brain
Tarullo, Amanda R.; Obradovic, Jelena; Gunnar, Megan R.
Zero to Three (J), v29 n3 p31-37 Jan 2009
Self-control is a skill that children need to succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. Brain regions essential to self-control are immature at birth and develop slowly throughout childhood. From ages 3 to 6 years, as these brain regions become more mature, children show improved ability to control impulses, shift their attention flexibly, and wait for a reward. Early childhood environment helps to shape self-control pathways in the developing brain. Children who experience early adversity are at risk for self-control problems. Preschool curricula and specialized training programs to promote the development of self-control offer promise as an intervention for at-risk children.
Descriptors: Brain, Cognitive Processes, Self Control, Cognitive Development, Child Development, Skill Development, Brain Hemisphere Functions, Young Children, Developmental Stages, Attention, Environmental Influences, At Risk Persons, Preschool Education, Intervention
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Education Level: Preschool Education
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