Developing self-regulation in early childhood

Michael I. Posner, Mary K. Rothbart, Yiyuan Tang

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Studies using fMRI at rest and during task performance have revealed a set of brain areas and their connections that can be linked to the ability of children to regulate their thoughts, actions and emotions. Higher self-regulation has also been related favorable outcomes in adulthood. These findings have set the occasion for methods of improving self-regulation via training. A tool kit of such methods is now available. It remains to be seen if educators will use these new findings and tools to forge practical methods for improving the lives of the world's children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)107-110
Number of pages4
JournalTrends in Neuroscience and Education
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Alerting network
  • Brain connectivity
  • Executive network
  • Orienting network
  • Self regulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience (miscellaneous)
  • Education
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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