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Functional mechanisms involved in the internal inhibition of taboo words

Els Severens (UGent) , Simone Kühn (UGent) , Robert Hartsuiker (UGent) and Marcel Brass (UGent)
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The integrative neuroscience of behavioral control (Neuroscience)
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The present study used functional magnetic resonance imaging to investigate brain processes associated with the inhibition of socially undesirable speech. It is tested whether the inhibition of undesirable speech is solely related to brain areas associated with classical stop signal tasks or rather also involves brain areas involved in endogenous self-control. During the experiment, subjects had to do a SLIP task, which was designed to elicit taboo or neutral spoonerisms. Here we show that the internal inhibition of taboo words activates the right inferior frontal gyrus, an area that has previously been associated with externally triggered inhibition. This finding strongly suggests that external social rules become internalized and act as a stop-signal.
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TOURETTE-SYNDROME, COGNITIVE CONTROL, UNWANTED MEMORIES, SPEECH PRODUCTION, SELF-CONTROL, TONGUE, CORTEX, ERROR, SLIPS, inhibition, speech, rIFG, taboo words

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Severens, Els, Simone Kühn, Robert Hartsuiker, and Marcel Brass. 2012. “Functional Mechanisms Involved in the Internal Inhibition of Taboo Words.” Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience 7 (4): 431–435.
APA
Severens, E., Kühn, S., Hartsuiker, R., & Brass, M. (2012). Functional mechanisms involved in the internal inhibition of taboo words. SOCIAL COGNITIVE AND AFFECTIVE NEUROSCIENCE, 7(4), 431–435.
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Severens E, Kühn S, Hartsuiker R, Brass M. Functional mechanisms involved in the internal inhibition of taboo words. SOCIAL COGNITIVE AND AFFECTIVE NEUROSCIENCE. 2012;7(4):431–5.
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Severens, Els et al. “Functional Mechanisms Involved in the Internal Inhibition of Taboo Words.” SOCIAL COGNITIVE AND AFFECTIVE NEUROSCIENCE 7.4 (2012): 431–435. Print.
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  abstract     = {The present study used functional magnetic resonance imaging to investigate brain processes associated with the inhibition of socially undesirable speech. It is tested whether the inhibition of undesirable speech is solely related to brain areas associated with classical stop signal tasks or rather also involves brain areas involved in endogenous self-control. During the experiment, subjects had to do a SLIP task, which was designed to elicit taboo or neutral spoonerisms. Here we show that the internal inhibition of taboo words activates the right inferior frontal gyrus, an area that has previously been associated with externally triggered inhibition. This finding strongly suggests that external social rules become internalized and act as a stop-signal.},
  author       = {Severens, Els and Kühn, Simone and Hartsuiker, Robert and Brass, Marcel},
  issn         = {1749-5016},
  journal      = {SOCIAL COGNITIVE AND AFFECTIVE NEUROSCIENCE},
  keywords     = {TOURETTE-SYNDROME,COGNITIVE CONTROL,UNWANTED MEMORIES,SPEECH PRODUCTION,SELF-CONTROL,TONGUE,CORTEX,ERROR,SLIPS,inhibition,speech,rIFG,taboo words},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {431--435},
  title        = {Functional mechanisms involved in the internal inhibition of taboo words},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/scan/nsr030},
  volume       = {7},
  year         = {2012},
}

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