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Freeze-Frame: A new infant inhibition task and its relation to frontal cortex tasks during infancy and early childhood

Holmboe, K and Pasco Fearon, RM and Csibra, G and Tucker, LA and Johnson, MH (2008) 'Freeze-Frame: A new infant inhibition task and its relation to frontal cortex tasks during infancy and early childhood.' Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 100 (2). pp. 89-114. ISSN 0022-0965

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Infancy; Early childhood; Inhibition; Frontal cortex; Longitudinal research
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2013 11:56
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 13:28
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/5701

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