The problem of the development of voluntary self-regulation in children



This article reviews main approaches to the development of self-regulation in children in contemporary Western psychology. It further discusses the core neurocognitive processes involved in voluntary self-regulation including inhibition, working memory, and executive attention. Readers will learn about the paradigms and methods used to measure voluntary self-regulation such as Stroop test, stop-signal and flanker tests as well as tests to measure delayed gratification. The developmental trajectory of voluntary self-regulation and the importance of self-regulation for children’s mental health, socio-emotional development and school success are discussed in detail.

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Keywords: voluntary regulation, inhibition, working memory, executive attention.

Journal rubric: Neurosciences and Cognitive Studies

Article type: review article


For citation: Savina E.A. The problem of the development of voluntary self-regulation in children [Elektronnyi resurs]. Sovremennaia zarubezhnaia psikhologiia = Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology, 2015. Vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 45–54. DOI: 10.17759/jmfp.2015040407. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

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Elena A. Savina, Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Associate Professor, Department of Graduate Psychology, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, USA, e-mail:



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