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Eyeblinking dynamics underlying decision-making and responses in Stroop Task
BMC Neuroscience volume 8, Article number: P60 (2007)
Background and methods
The aim of this study was to investigate whether eyeblinking is associated with cognitive process or not by examining the temporal correlation between eyeblink timing and decision-making and vocal response timing in Stroop task. 32 subjects performed the auditory and visual stroop tasks and their eyeblinks were recorded using EMG monitor systems during color naming and word reading in Stroop task.
Results and discussion
The main results are graphically presented in Figure 1 and 2: we found a 100–200 ms delayed synchrony between eyeblink and response timing, indicating that eyeblinks induce the vocal response. A similar association was found in the auditory Stroop task, indicating that eyeblinks were closely related to the cognitive processes rather than visual stimulation. However, the length and difficulty of the stimuli were not correlated with eyeblinks. This study suggests that eyeblink may get involved in mode shifting from decision-making to response.
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Oh, J.H., Han, M. & Jeong, J. Eyeblinking dynamics underlying decision-making and responses in Stroop Task. BMC Neurosci 8, P60 (2007) doi:10.1186/1471-2202-8-S2-P60
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