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Reliability and plasticity of response inhibition and interference control

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Nicola M Wöstmann, Désirée S Aichert, Anna Costa, Katya Rubia, Hans-Jürgen Möller, Ulrich Ettinger

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-94
Number of pages13
JournalBrain and Cognition
Issue number1
PublishedFeb 2013

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This study investigated the internal reliability, temporal stability and plasticity of commonly used measures of inhibition-related functions. Stop-signal, go/no-go, antisaccade, Simon, Eriksen flanker, Stroop and Continuous Performance tasks were administered twice to 23 healthy participants over a period of approximately 11 weeks in order to assess test-retest correlations, internal consistency (Cronbach's alpha), and systematic between as well as within session performance changes. Most of the inhibition-related measures showed good test-retest reliabilities and internal consistencies, with the exception of the stop-signal reaction time measure, which showed poor reliability. Generally no systematic performance changes were observed across the two assessments with the exception of four variables of the Eriksen flanker, Simon and Stroop task which showed reduced variability of reaction time and an improvement in the response time for incongruent trials at second assessment. Predominantly stable performance within one test session was shown for most measures. Overall, these results are informative for studies with designs requiring temporally stable parameters e.g. genetic or longitudinal treatment studies.

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