Journal article

Sustained attention to a predictable, unengaging Go/No-Go task shows ongoing development between 6 and 11 years

Frances C Lewis, Robert A Reeve, Simon P Kelly, Katherine A Johnson

ATTENTION PERCEPTION & PSYCHOPHYSICS | SPRINGER | Published : 2017

Abstract

Response time variability (RTV) is a useful measure of sustained attention; however, little is known about developmental changes in RTV at different temporal frequencies. Thirty-five 6-year-olds, 31 8-year-olds, and 37 10-year-olds completed the fixed-sequence Sustained Attention to Response Task on three occasions, six months apart. Fast Fourier Transform and ex-Gaussian analyses of response time (RT) data assessed momentary fluctuations in RT, gradual changes in RT, and very long responses, thought to reflect attentional control fluctuations, slow-shifting arousal, and infrequent lapses in attention, respectively. A half-by-half analysis measured within-occasion time-on-task effects. The 1..

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