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Determinants of executive function development: A motor training study

Libertus, Klaus and Smith, Darcy and An, Ran (2020) Determinants of executive function development: A motor training study. In: Pitt Momentum Fund 2020, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa. (Unpublished)

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Development during infancy lays the foundation for future learning and growth. However, few studies have examined whether there are connections between foundational motor skills acquired during Infancy and subsequent learning. Previously, our lab has reported that the onset of sitting during infancy predicts language learning during the second year of life (Libertus & Violi, 2016). Language development during Infancy is a school readiness skill that may impact children’s later performance in school. Indeed, one longitudinal finding suggests that manual exploration in infancy predicts academic achievement at 14 years of age (Bornstein, Hahn, & Suwalsky, 2013). However, the mechanism underlying distal associations between infant motor skills and academic achievement remain unknown. The current study aims to examine whether the development of grasping in early Infancy impacts subsequent Executive Function (EF) and problem-solving skills as potential intermediaries between motor and cognitive development. EF skills are a reliable predictor of school readiness skills (Greenfader, 2019; Willoughby, Piper, Oyanga, & Merseth King, 2019). Based on previous research, we hypothesize that training motor skills in Infancy will facilitate the emergence of early EF skills over a 12-month period.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Libertus, KlausKlaus.Libertus@pitt.edukll600000-0002-5178-2415
Smith, Darcydks38@pitt.edudks38
An, Ranraa122@pitt.eduraa122
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Office of Sponsored Research > Pitt Momentum Fund
Date: 2020
Event Title: Pitt Momentum Fund 2020
Event Type: Other
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.18117/gn96-h511
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Psychology
Refereed: No
Other ID: 3209
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2020 16:32
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2023 16:13


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