Selective impairment of inhibition after TBI in children

Harvey S. Levin, Gerri Hanten, Lifang Zhang, Paul R. Swank, Jill Hunter

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Inhibition was studied in 12 children who had sustained a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) at least 1 year earlier and in 15 control children. On the flanker task, which involved pressing a button corresponding to the direction of an arrow, the TBI group performed less accurately than controls under interference (flankers were incongruent with arrow) and go-no-go (adjacent stimulus signaled child to withhold response) conditions, but not neutral or facilitation (flankers were congruent) conditions. Response latency was related to age and task condition, but not to group. Severe TBI in children may disrupt development of distributed networks mediating inhibition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)589-597
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Aug 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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