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Conditions under which children experience inhibitory difficulty with a "button-press" go/no-go task

Simpson, A and Riggs, KJ (2006) 'Conditions under which children experience inhibitory difficulty with a "button-press" go/no-go task.' Journal of experimental child psychology, 94 (1). pp. 18-26. ISSN 0022-0965

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Abstract

Go/no-go tasks seem to provide a simple marker of inhibitory development in young children. Children are told to respond to one stimulus on go trials but to make no response to another stimulus on no-go trials; responding on no-go trials is assumed to reflect a failure to inhibit the go response. However, there is evidence to suggest that a type of go/no-go task, which we call the "button-press" task, does not require inhibition. We investigated the conditions under which young children (M=3 years 6 months, N=120) experience inhibitory difficulty with this type of task. The data suggest that the speed of stimulus presentation is crucial and that other studies using this type of task have presented the stimuli too briefly. The importance of establishing the inhibitory credentials of a task before it is used as a marker of inhibitory control is emphasized.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2015 13:36
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 01:03
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/13194

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