Multiple conflict-driven control mechanisms in the human brain.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Conflict between competing neural representations is thought to serve as an internal signal for the recruitment of 'cognitive control', which resolves conflict by biasing information processing in line with current task demands. Because conflict can occur at different levels of stimulus and response representations, several recent investigations have examined whether conflict-driven cognitive control is domain-general or domain-specific, that is, whether control recruited by one type of conflict affects the resolution of another, but these studies have produced contrary conclusions. I argue here that a critical reading of this literature indicates that the effects of conflict-driven control are domain-specific and are probably mediated by multiple, independent conflict-control loops that can operate in parallel.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Egner, T

Published Date

  • October 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 12 / 10

Start / End Page

  • 374 - 380

PubMed ID

  • 18760657

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1879-307X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1364-6613

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.tics.2008.07.001


  • eng