Inhibitory control during emotional distraction across adolescence and early adulthood

Julia E. Cohen-Gilbert, Kathleen M Thomas

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Abstract

This study investigated the changing relation between emotion and inhibitory control during adolescence. One hundred participants between 11 and 25 years of age performed a go-nogo task in which task-relevant stimuli (letters) were presented at the center of large task-irrelevant images depicting negative, positive, or neutral scenes selected from the International Affective Picture System. Longer reaction times for negative trials were found across all age groups, suggesting that negative but not positive emotional images captured attention across this age range. However, age differences in accuracy on inhibitory trials suggest that response inhibition is more readily disrupted by negative emotional distraction in early adolescence relative to late childhood, late adolescence, or early adulthood.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1954-1966
Number of pages13
JournalChild development
Volume84
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2013

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