Children's inhibitory control when facing negative emotions

Tali Farbiash, Andrea Berger

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)321-347
Number of pages27
JournalAdvances in Motivation and Achievement
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016


  • Event-related potentials
  • Inhibitory control
  • Kindergartners
  • N2
  • Negative affectivity
  • Theta frequency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology


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