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The role of inhibition in the regulation of sequential action.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11273397     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We investigated the regulation of sequential action using a new paradigm. Participants learned a sequence of seven stimulus categories and then monitored for them during successive displays. All displays were instances of these categories, presented in pseudorandom order. On each trial, participants monitored for an instance of Category 1, pressed a key on a computer keyboard, then monitored for an instance of Category 2, pressed a key on the keyboard, and so on for all seven categories. Thus, a perfect trial contained exactly seven responses. Intrusion errors were classified as a function of ordinal distance from the current serial position (n). Fewer intrusion errors were made at near serial positions than at far ones, suggesting a gradient of lateral inhibition. In addition, more intrusions were made on n + 1 categories than n - 1 categories, suggesting greater availability of intended than completed goals. In accord with current models of sequential action, the results indicate lateral and self-inhibition as important mechanisms in regulation of sequential action.
K Z Li; U Lindenberger; D Rünger; P A Frensch
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Psychological science     Volume:  11     ISSN:  0956-7976     ISO Abbreviation:  Psychol Sci     Publication Date:  2000 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-03-01     Completed Date:  2001-04-12     Revised Date:  2011-05-20    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9007542     Medline TA:  Psychol Sci     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  343-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Center for Lifespan Psychology, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Lentzeallee 94, D-14195, Berlin, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Inhibition (Psychology)*
Mental Recall*
Psychomotor Performance
Reaction Time
Serial Learning*

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