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Journal of Integrative Neuroscience  2019, Vol. 18 Issue (3): 253-259    DOI: 10.31083/j.jin.2019.03.183
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fNIRS correlates of the development of inhibitory control in young obese subjects
Jiaai Huang1, 2, *(), Mingsheng Xiong2, *(), Xinyue Xiao1, Xia Xu2, Xiaobin Hong2
1 Graduate School, Wuhan Sports University, Wuhan, 430079, P. R. China
2 Hubei Key Laboratory of Sport Training and Monitoring, College of Health Science, Wuhan Sports University, Wuhan, 430079, P. R. China
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Executive functions are closely related to the prefrontal cortex, and inhibitory control is an important component of executive functioning. Previous studies have found that inhibitory control continues to develop after adolescence and that obesity is associated with executive functions. However, few studies have addressed whether obesity affects the development of inhibitory control. Hence, we focused on whether inhibitory control continues to develop after adolescence in obese individuals. We used a Stroop task to measure the inhibitory control of young obese subjects, and monitored accompanying brain activation by functional near-infrared spectroscopy technology. The findings suggest that brain activation due to Stroop interference does not increase with age in obese subjects and that early prevention of executive function deficit is recommended.

Key words:  Obesity      inhibitory control      development      fNIRS      Stroop color-word task      frontal cortical function     
Submitted:  17 June 2019      Accepted:  23 August 2019      Published:  30 September 2019     
  • 81971661/Science Fund for Hubei Superior Discipline Groups of Physical Education and Health Promotion, National Natural Science Foundation of China
  • 2014B094/General Administration of Sport of China
  • 2016CFA098/Natural Science Foundation of Hubei Province
*Corresponding Author(s):  Jiaai Huang Email:; Mingsheng Xiong Email:   

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Jiaai Huang, Mingsheng Xiong, Xinyue Xiao, Xia Xu, Xiaobin Hong. fNIRS correlates of the development of inhibitory control in young obese subjects. Journal of Integrative Neuroscience, 2019, 18(3): 253-259.

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Table 1  Demographic characteristics and descriptive statistics (mean ± SD)
Male (n = 24) Female (n = 14) t
BMI (kg/m2) 32.41 ± 4.33 30.07 ± 3.56 1.71
Age 16.88 ± 4.92 14.79 ± 4.28 1.32
RT Interference 94.17 ± 116.69 102.56 ± 61.14 0.25
ACC Interference -0.10 ± 0.21 -0.05 ± 0.04 0.89
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