Examining the development of attention and executive functions in children with a novel paradigm

Klimkeit, EI, Mattingley, JB, Sheppard, DM, Farrow, M and Bradshaw, JL (2004) Examining the development of attention and executive functions in children with a novel paradigm. Child Neuropsychology, 10 3: 201-211. doi:10.1080/09297040490911050


Author Klimkeit, EI
Mattingley, JB
Sheppard, DM
Farrow, M
Bradshaw, JL
Title Examining the development of attention and executive functions in children with a novel paradigm
Journal name Child Neuropsychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0929-7049
Publication date 2004-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/09297040490911050
Volume 10
Issue 3
Start page 201
End page 211
Total pages 11
Place of publication Lisse
Publisher Swets Zeitlinger Publishers
Language eng
Abstract The development of attention and executive functions in normal children (7-12 years) was investigated using a novel selective reaching task, which involved reaching as rapidly as possible towards a target, while at times having to ignore a distractor. The information processing paradigm allowed the measurement of various distinct dimensions of behaviour within a single task. The largest improvements in vigilance, set-shifting, response inhibition, selective attention, and impulsive responding were observed to occur between the ages of 8 and 10, with a plateau in performance between 10 and 12 years of age. These findings, consistent with a step-wise model of development, coincide with the observed developmental spurt in frontal brain functions between 7 and 10 years of age, and indicate that attention and executive functions develop in parallel. This task appears to be a useful research tool in the assessment of attention and executive functions, within a single task. Thus it may have a role in determining which cognitive functions are most affected in different childhood disorders.
Keyword Clinical Neurology
Normative Data
Psychopathology
Maturation
Brain
Q-Index Code C1

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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