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ERIC Number: EJ915630
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0965
Sustained Attention and Age Predict Inhibitory Control during Early Childhood
Reck, Sarah G.; Hund, Alycia M.
Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, v108 n3 p504-512 Mar 2011
Executive functioning skills develop rapidly during early childhood. Recent research has focused on specifying this development, particularly predictors of executive functioning skills. Here we focus on sustained attention as a predictor of inhibitory control, one key executive functioning component. Although sustained attention and inhibitory control have been linked in older children and adults, these links have not been well specified during early childhood. The current study examined both parent-rated and laboratory measures of sustained attention as predictors of both parent-rated and laboratory measures of inhibitory control among 3- to 6-year-olds. As expected, children with higher sustained attention abilities exhibited greater inhibitory control. Moreover, inhibitory control increased across age. These findings reveal important details about the development of sustained attention and inhibitory control during early childhood. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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