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Special Seminar: Dr. Yuko Munakata, University of Colorado at Boulder

Dec 08, 2017
from 12:10 PM to 01:30 PM

CMB - 267 Cousteau Place in East Davis

Dr. Yuko Munakata, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Colorado at Boulder, will give a special seminar titled "Developing Inhibitory Control in the Wild: The Importance of Context".



The development of inhibitory control over our thoughts, actions, and emotions is essential in life. Decades of research have illuminated the cognitive and neural processes that support both the remarkable limitations that children show in inhibitory control, and their subsequent improvements. However, targeted intervention efforts based on such findings have shown limited success. I will present an alternative framework, which emphasizes the temporal and social context in which inhibitory control emerges. This framework integrates multiple lines of research, and provides a novel perspective on why children struggle with inhibitory control, why childhood inhibitory control predicts important life outcomes, and how to effectively intervene.