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Error adaptation in mental arithmetic

Charlotte Desmet (UGent) , Ineke Imbo (UGent) , Jolien De Brauwer, Marcel Brass (UGent) , Wim Fias (UGent) and Wim Notebaert (UGent)
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The integrative neuroscience of behavioral control (Neuroscience)
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Until now, error and conflict adaptation have been studied extensively using simple laboratory tasks. A common finding is that responses slow down after errors. According to the conflict monitoring theory, performance should also improve after an error. However, this is usually not observed. In this study, we investigated if the characteristics of the experimental paradigms normally used could explain this absence. More precisely, these paradigms have in common that behavioral adaptation has little room to be expressed. We therefore studied error and conflict adaptation effects in a task that encounters the richness of everyday life’s behavioral adaptation, namely mental arithmetic, where multiple solution strategies are available. In accordance with our hypothesis, we observed post error accuracy increases after errors in mental arithmetic. No support for conflict adaptation in mental arithmetic was found. Implications for current theories of conflict and error monitoring are discussed.
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SINGLE-DIGIT MULTIPLICATION, PRODUCT VERIFICATION, WORKING-MEMORY, DEVELOPMENTAL-CHANGES, SIMON TASK, CONFLICT, ACTIVATION, ACCURACY, SPEED, SKILL, Error, Conflict, Mental arithmetic, Direct mapping task

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Desmet, Charlotte, Ineke Imbo, Jolien De Brauwer, Marcel Brass, Wim Fias, and Wim Notebaert. 2012. “Error Adaptation in Mental Arithmetic.” Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology 65 (6): 1059–1067.
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Desmet, Charlotte, Imbo, I., De Brauwer, J., Brass, M., Fias, W., & Notebaert, W. (2012). Error adaptation in mental arithmetic. QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY, 65(6), 1059–1067.
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Desmet C, Imbo I, De Brauwer J, Brass M, Fias W, Notebaert W. Error adaptation in mental arithmetic. QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY. 2012;65(6):1059–67.
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Desmet, Charlotte, Ineke Imbo, Jolien De Brauwer, et al. “Error Adaptation in Mental Arithmetic.” QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY 65.6 (2012): 1059–1067. Print.
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  author       = {Desmet, Charlotte and Imbo, Ineke and De Brauwer, Jolien  and Brass, Marcel and Fias, Wim and Notebaert, Wim},
  issn         = {1747-0218},
  journal      = {QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY},
  keywords     = {SINGLE-DIGIT MULTIPLICATION,PRODUCT VERIFICATION,WORKING-MEMORY,DEVELOPMENTAL-CHANGES,SIMON TASK,CONFLICT,ACTIVATION,ACCURACY,SPEED,SKILL,Error,Conflict,Mental arithmetic,Direct mapping task},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {6},
  pages        = {1059--1067},
  title        = {Error adaptation in mental arithmetic},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17470218.2011.648943},
  volume       = {65},
  year         = {2012},
}

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