Attention, response inhibition, and face-information processing in children: the role of task characteristics, age, and gender.

Child neuropsychology : a journal on normal and abnormal development in childhood and adolescence

PubMedID: 20574865

Rosenberg-Kima RB, Sadeh A. Attention, response inhibition, and face-information processing in children: the role of task characteristics, age, and gender. Child Neuropsychol. 2010;16(4):388-404.
The aim of the study was to assess: (a) developmental changes in attention, response inhibition, and face-information processing using the new Balloons task and (b) to evaluate the association between measures derived from the task with reported behavior problems. One hundred and thirty-four typically developing children (53 boys and 81 girls) were tested with the Balloons. Their parents and teachers completed the Child Behavior Checklist. Our results validate the Balloons as a reliable task with significant effects of manipulations in difficulty level (speed, processing load, and processing type). The results suggest that face-information processing undergoes significant changes during the age period between 7 and 13 years with significant gender differences. Modest but significant correlations were found between the Balloons' measures and behavior problems.