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Children’s Inhibitory Control when Facing Negative Emotions

Recent Developments in Neuroscience Research on Human Motivation

ISBN: 978-1-78635-474-7, eISBN: 978-1-78635-473-0

ISSN: 0749-7423

Publication date: 21 November 2016


Inhibitory control (IC) is a central executive function that shows significant development throughout the preschool years. IC is known as a factor that underlies the ability to self-regulate in daily situations. This ability is challenged when a child faces negative emotions; a challenge that is seen in children’s IC performance and brain activity. This chapter elaborates on the effects that negative emotional experiences have on children’s IC functioning. Moreover, previous studies regarding the way emotional experiences are reflected in brain activity are included. Additionally, this chapter will offer a comprehensive review of the factors affecting individual differences in IC, including the role of children’s temperamental effortful control and negative affectivity. Further, the role of parenting behaviors will be discussed, focusing on the way in which maternal self-regulation influences child inhibitory control, including related educational implications.



Farbiash, T. and Berger, A. (2016), "Children’s Inhibitory Control when Facing Negative Emotions", Recent Developments in Neuroscience Research on Human Motivation (Advances in Motivation and Achievement, Vol. 19), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 321-347.



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