Development of error and conflict monitoring

Dubravac, Mirela; Roebers, Claudia M.; Meier, Beat (5 January 2018). Development of error and conflict monitoring (Unpublished). In: Budapest CEU Conference on Cognitive Development 2018. Budapest, Hungary. 04.01.-06.01.2018.

In many domains of cognitive development, a child’s growing ability to detect committed errors or to monitor performance is thought to be a driving force for developmental progression. One early aspect of emerging monitoring skills that is currently discussed in the literature is the so called post error slowing effect. However only little research has been done on the relationship between error and conflict monitoring in children leaving the question of shared monitoring processes alerting the system that some adaptation is needed open. The aim of the present study was to close this gap by comparing the after-effects of conflict to the performance-slowing down after errors. Participants of four different age groups (8-,10-,12- year olds and young adults) completed modified Stroop and Simon tasks that provoke relatively frequent mistakes (accuracy around 70-80%). Preliminary results suggest a decrease in the post error slowing effect with age. Further support for the assumption of shared monitoring processes comes from the analysis of the post conflict slowing effect, which follows a similar developmental trajectory as the post error slowing effect. Our study highlights the importance of error and conflict processing for child development.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)


07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Developmental Psychology
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Cognitive Psychology, Perception and Methodology
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology

Graduate School:

Swiss Graduate School for Cognition, Learning and Memory (SGS-CLM)

UniBE Contributor:

Dubravac, Mirela; Roebers, Claudia and Meier, Beat


100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology




Mirela Dubravac

Date Deposited:

22 May 2019 15:10

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22 May 2019 15:10


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