Increased parietal activity after training of interference control

Oelhafen, Stephan; Nikolaidis, A.; Padovani, Tullia; Blaser, Daniela; Koenig, Thomas; Perrig, Walter J. (2013). Increased parietal activity after training of interference control. Neuropsychologia, 51(13), pp. 2781-2790. Elsevier 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2013.08.012

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Recent studies suggest that computerized cognitive training leads to improved performance in related but untrained tasks (i.e. transfer effects). However, most study designs prevent disentangling which of the task components are necessary for transfer. In the current study, we examined whether training on two variants of the adaptive dual n-back task would affect untrained task performance and the corresponding electrophysiological event-related potentials (ERPs). Forty three healthy young adults were trained for three weeks with a high or low interference training variant of the dual n-back task, or they were assigned to a passive control group. While n-back training with high interference led to partial improvements in the Attention Network Test (ANT), we did not find transfer to measures of working memory and fluid intelligence. ERP analysis in the n-back task and the ANT indicated overlapping processes in the P3 time range. Moreover, in the ANT, we detected increased parietal activity for the interference training group alone. In contrast, we did not find electrophysiological differences between the low interference training and the control group. These findings suggest that training on an interference control task leads to higher electrophysiological activity in the parietal cortex, which may be related to improvements in processing speed, attentional control, or both.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > University Psychiatric Services > University Hospital of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy > Psychiatric Neurophysiology [discontinued]
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Psychological and Behavioral Health
10 Strategic Research Centers > Center for Cognition, Learning and Memory (CCLM)

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Oelhafen, Stephan, Padovani, Tullia, Blaser, Daniela, König, Thomas, Perrig, Walter


100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health








Thomas König

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19 Aug 2014 16:48

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