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The development of stimulus and response interference control in mid-childhood

Cragg, Lucy

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LUCY CRAGG lucy.cragg@nottingham.ac.uk
Associate Professor



Abstract

Interference control, the ability to overcome distraction from irrelevant information, undergoes considerable improvement during childhood yet the mechanisms driving these changes remain unclear. The present study investigated the relative influence of interference at the level of the stimulus or the response. 7-, 10- and 20-year-olds completed a flanker paradigm in which stimulus and response interference were experimentally manipulated. The influence of stimulus interference decreased from 7- to 10-years whereas there was no difference in response interference across age groups. The findings demonstrate that a range of processes contribute to the development of interference control, and may influence performance to a greater or lesser extent depending on task requirements and the age of the child.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Nov 23, 2015
Journal Developmental Psychology
Print ISSN 0012-1649
Electronic ISSN 0012-1649
Publisher American Psychological Association
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
APA6 Citation Cragg, L. (2015). The development of stimulus and response interference control in mid-childhood. Developmental Psychology, doi:10.1037/dev0000074
DOI https://doi.org/10.1037/dev0000074
Keywords interference control; stimulus conflict; response conflict; flanker task; conflict adaptation; Gratton effect
Publisher URL http://psycnet.apa.org/psycarticles/2015-53032-001
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

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