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Fine motor control underlies the association between response inhibition and drawing skill in early development

Simpson, Andrew; Al Ruwaili, Reshaa; Jolley, Richard; Leonard, Hayley; Geeraert, Nicolas; Riggs, Kevin J.

Authors

Andrew Simpson

Reshaa Al Ruwaili

Richard Jolley

Hayley Leonard

Nicolas Geeraert

Abstract

Previous research shows that the development of response inhibition and drawing skill are linked. The current research investigated whether this association reflects a more fundamental link between response inhibition and motor control. In Experiment 1, 3- and 4-year-olds (n=100) were tested on measures of inhibition, fine motor control and drawing skill. Data revealed an association between inhibition and fine motor control, which was responsible for most of the association observed with drawing skill. Experiment 2 (n=100) provided evidence that, unlike fine motor control, gross motor control and inhibition were not associated (after controlling for IQ). Alternative explanations for the link between inhibition and fine motor control are outlined, including a consideration of how these cognitive processes may interact during development.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2019-05
Journal Child development
Print ISSN 0009-3920
Electronic ISSN 1467-8624
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 90
Issue 3
Pages 911-923
Institution Citation Simpson, A., Al Ruwaili, R., Jolley, R., Leonard, H., Geeraert, N., & Riggs, K. J. (2019). Fine motor control underlies the association between response inhibition and drawing skill in early development. Child Development, 90(3), 911-923. https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.12949
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.12949
Keywords Inhibitory control; Reponse inhibition; Drawing; Motor control; Child development
Publisher URL http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/cdev.12949/full
Additional Information This is a description of an article published in Child development, 2017.

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