Math 3-6

Inhibition

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Inhibition, a component of executive functioning, is the ability to suppress Attention to irrelevant input and to focus on pertinent stimuli or information. Students use these skills to successfully pay attention to lessons and problems. By helping students control both their focus and their behavior, Inhibition affects the development of math skills and allows students to move away from strategies that are not effective to support math success.

Main Ideas

Inhibition occurs at two levels:

  • The behavioral level, where responses are controlled; and
  • The cognitive level, where attention is focused on relevant information.

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