The Role of inhibitory functioning in children's reading skills

Josephine N. Booth, James 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 pages11
JournalEducational Psychology in Practice
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009


  • inhibitory functioning
  • reading skills
  • executive functions

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