A1 Journal article (refereed)
Activity level in left auditory cortex predicts behavioral performance in inhibition tasks in children (2022)

van Bijnen, S., Parkkonen, L., & Parviainen, T. (2022). Activity level in left auditory cortex predicts behavioral performance in inhibition tasks in children. Neuroimage, 258, Article 119371. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2022.119371

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All authors or editors: van Bijnen, Sam; Parkkonen, Lauri; Parviainen, Tiina

Journal or series: Neuroimage

ISSN: 1053-8119

eISSN: 1095-9572

Publication year: 2022

Volume: 258

Article number: 119371

Publisher: Elsevier

Publication country: Netherlands

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2022.119371

Research data link: https://osf.io/rhb5z/

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Open Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/82144

Web address of parallel published publication (pre-print): https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.04.30.069906v1


Sensory processing during development is important for the emerging cognitive skills underlying goal-directed behavior. Yet, it is not known how auditory processing in children is related to their cognitive functions. Here, we utilized combined magneto- and electroencephalographic (M/EEG) measurements in school-aged children (6-14y) to show that child auditory cortical activity at ∼250 ms after auditory stimulation predicts the performance in inhibition tasks. While unaffected by task demands, the amplitude of the left-hemisphere activation pattern was significantly correlated with the variability of behavioral response time. Since this activation pattern is typically not present in adults, our results suggest divergent brain mechanisms in adults and children for consistent performance in auditory-based cognitive tasks. This difference can be explained as a shift in cortical resources for cognitive control from sensorimotor associations in the auditory cortex of children to top–down regulated control processes involving (pre)frontal and cingulate areas in adults.

Keywords: cognition; cognitive skills; cognitive development; cognitive processes; development (passive); child development; sense of hearing; cerebral cortex; brain; processing; neuropsychology; cognitive psychology

Free keywords: cortical maturation; response inhibition; development; cognitive control

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Reporting Year: 2022

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