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J Exp Psychol Gen. 2004 Mar;133(1):101-135. doi: 10.1037/0096-3445.133.1.101.

The relations among inhibition and interference control functions: a latent-variable analysis.

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University of Colorado at Boulder.

Abstract

This study used data from 220 adults to examine the relations among 3 inhibition-related functions. Confirmatory factor analysis suggested that Prepotent Response Inhibition and Resistance to Distractor Interference were closely related, but both were unrelated to Resistance to Proactive Interference. Structural equation modeling, which combined Prepotent Response Inhibition and Resistance to Distractor Interference into a single latent variable, indicated that 1 aspect of random number generation performance, task-switching ability, and everyday cognitive failures were related to Response-Distractor Inhibition, whereas reading span recall and unwanted intrusive thoughts were related to Resistance to Proactive Interference. These results suggest that the term inhibition has been overextended and that researchers need to be more specific when discussing and measuring inhibition-related functions.

PMID:
14979754
DOI:
10.1037/0096-3445.133.1.101
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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