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ERIC Number: EJ834967
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0277
Post-Error Slowing: An Orienting Account
Notebaert, Wim; Houtman, Femke; Van Opstal, Filip; Gevers, Wim; Fias, Wim; Verguts, Tom
Cognition, v111 n2 p275-279 May 2009
It is generally assumed that slowing after errors is a cognitive control effect reflecting more careful response strategies after errors. However, clinical data are not compatible with this explanation. We therefore consider two alternative explanations, one referring to the possibility of a persisting underlying problem and one on the basis of the low frequency of errors (orienting account). This latter hypothesis argues that infrequent events orient attention away from the task. Support for the orienting account was obtained in two experiments. Using a new experimental procedure, Experiment 1 demonstrated post-error slowing after infrequent errors and post-correct slowing after infrequent correct trials. In Experiment 2, slowing was observed following infrequent irrelevant tones replacing the feedback signals. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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