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ERIC Number: EJ860043
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 68
ISSN: ISSN-0278-7393
Dissociating Interference-Control Processes between Memory and Response
Bissett, Patrick G.; Nee, Derek Evan; Jonides, John
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, v35 n5 p1306-1316 Sep 2009
The ability to mitigate interference is of central importance to cognition. Previous research has provided conflicting accounts about whether operations that resolve interference are singular in character or form a family of functions. Here, the authors examined the relationship between interference-resolution processes acting on working memory representations versus responses. The authors combined multiple forms of interference into a single paradigm by merging a directed-forgetting task, which induces proactive interference, with a stop-signal task, which taps response inhibition processes. The results demonstrated that proactive interference and response inhibition produced distinct behavioral signatures that did not interact. By contrast, combining two different measures of response inhibition by merging a go/no-go task variant and a stop signal produced overadditive behavioral interference, demonstrating that different forms of response inhibition tap the same processes. However, not all forms of response conflict interacted, suggesting that inhibition-related functions acting on response selection are dissociable from those acting on response inhibition. These results suggest that inhibition-related functions for memory and responses are dissociable. (Contains 2 tables, 4 figures, and 3 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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