About the book
Inhibitory control (including response-inhibition and interference-control) is a critical neurocognitive skill for navigating cognitive, social and emotional challenges. It rapidly increases during the preschool period and is important for early cognitive development, being a crucial component of executive functioning, self-regulation and impulsivity. Inhibitory control (IC) involves the ability to suppress automatic but incorrect responses or to resist interference from distracting stimuli, to reduce a non-target’s impact on ongoing information processing. Deficits in IC are a hallmark of psychopathology. Reduced inhibitory control may manifest itself at a motor level (e.g. hyperactivity); an attentional level (distractibility and difficulty paying attention) and at a behavioral level (e.g. impulsive conducts).
Inhibitory control training (ICT) is a novel intervention in which participants learn to associate appetitive cues with inhibition of behaviour. Indeed, it can be conceptualised as the ability to stop, change or delay a behavioural response.
It is a promising approach in the treatment of appetitive behaviour, considered as the active, goal-seeking and exploratory phase of behaviour that precedes the more stereotyped consummatory act. Upon reaching the goal, appetitive behaviour normally ceases. In some cases, this does not happen.
The volume aims to bring together in a single publication the knowledge on the topic, considering research, clinic and forensic field of intervention.