Brief report: cognitive-regulation across the adolescent years

Emily C. E. Magar, Louise H. Phillips, Judith A. Hosie

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The human brain undergoes considerable maturational changes during adolescence which have been predicted to influence self-regulatory control. In the current study, developmental trajectories associated with three domains of cognitive regulation: response inhibition, updating of working memory, and mental set-switching, were assessed in a sample of 149 adolescents aged between 11 and 17 years. Findings support the premise that levels of self-regulatory control increase over the course of adolescence but that different aspects of cognitive regulation are likely to mature along differing developmental trajectories. (C) 2009 The Association for Professionals in Services for Adolescents. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)779-781
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Adolescence
Issue number5
Early online date29 Oct 2009
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2010


  • adolescence
  • brain development
  • self-regulation
  • cognition
  • executive function
  • developmental changes
  • executive functions
  • brain-development
  • childhood
  • memory
  • task
  • performance
  • maturation
  • attention
  • children


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