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ERIC Number: EJ774372
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 5
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0012-1649
Children Do Show Negative Priming: Further Evidence for Early Development of an Intact Selective Control Mechanism
Frings, Christian; Feix, Silke; Rothig, Ulrike; Bruser, Charlotte; Junge, Miriam
Developmental Psychology, v43 n5 p1269-1273 Sep 2007
Reactions to stimuli that were shortly before presented as distractors are usually slowed down; this phenomenon is known as negative priming. Negative priming is an accepted index for tapping into selective control mechanisms. Although this effect is well established for adults, it has been claimed that children do not show negative priming. Recently, however, V. E. Pritchard and E. Neumann challenged this view and concluded that selective control mechanisms are already fully developed in young children. The authors of the present study analyzed differences between older studies, in which no negative priming had been observed, and the Pritchard and Neumann (2004) study. In sum, the present study yielded further evidence for an intact selective control mechanism in young children. The authors also linked this empirical finding to the broader literature on negative priming by a direct comparison with an adult sample.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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