The role of inhibitory functioning in children’s reading skills

Josephine N. Booth, James M. E. Boyle

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Executive functions, including inhibition, have been implicated in children’s reading ability. This study investigates whether children’s performance on an inhibition task is more indicative of reading ability than a measure of another executive function, that is, planning. Fifty-three male participants were administered a reading test and tests of inhibition and planning not requiring a verbal response. Regression analyses revealed that only inhibition significantly predicted reading. Previous inconsistencies may reflect the modality of the tasks used to measure inhibition. Therefore non-verbal measures may have highest utility for educational psychologists.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)339-350
Number of pages12
JournalEducational Psychology in Practice
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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