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Korean preschoolers' advanced inhibitory control and its relation to other executive skills and mental state understanding

Oh, Seungmi and Lewis, Charlie (2008) Korean preschoolers' advanced inhibitory control and its relation to other executive skills and mental state understanding. Child Development, 79 (1). pp. 80-99. ISSN 0009-3920

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Abstract

This study assessed executive function and mental state understanding in Korean preschoolers. In Experiment 1, forty 3.5- and 4-year-old Koreans showed ceiling performance on inhibition and switching measures, although their performance on working memory and false belief was comparable to that of Western children. Experiment 2 revealed a similar advantage in a sample of seventy-six 3- and 4-year-old Koreans compared with sixty-four age-matched British children. Korean children younger than 3.5 years of age showed ceiling effects on some inhibition measures despite more stringent protocols and the link between executive function and mental state understanding was not as strong as in the British sample. The results raise key questions about the nature and development of the executive system and its relation to social understanding.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Child Development
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
ID Code: 55501
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 29 Jun 2012 11:42
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 23:43
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/55501

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