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To Go or not to Go, that is the question: Do the N2 and P3 reflect stimulus- or response-related conflict?
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PMID:  21851842     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Several studies have linked increases in the N2 and P3 components to response conflict, evoked when multiple incompatible responses are simultaneously activated. However, these studies confound a change of response with a change of stimulus identity, and often a change in stimulus probability also. In two experiments, additional trial types were presented, which signified a change of stimulus, but still demanded the expected response. RT costs were observed when participants changed a planned response to a different one, and when they activated an unplanned response, but RT was not substantially increased for stimulus mismatch trials when these were clearly linked to the required response. N2 results were mixed and did not clearly favour a stimulus mismatch or response conflict interpretation. For the P3 component, stimulus-related differences were small but significant, with large increases in positivity when participants cancelled the planned response. Further experiments are required to determine the relative contribution of stimulus- and response-related conflict to N2.
Janette L Smith
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-8-15
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of psychophysiology : official journal of the International Organization of Psychophysiology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1872-7697     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Aug 
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Created Date:  2011-8-19     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8406214     Medline TA:  Int J Psychophysiol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011. Published by Elsevier B.V.
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