Inhibition at the neuronal level is a neuroscientific fact. But what is the status of the concept of inhibition at the level of cognition and behavior? Editors David S. Gorfein and Colin M. MacLeod have compiled a collection of chapters written by top researchers in psychology that bring this very question to light. Inhibition in Cognition thoroughly addresses the concept of inhibition and how it has developed over the past 20 years, including what consensus can be reached on its meaning.
Inhibitory processes have been postulated to explain decrements or changes in task performance in many domains of psychological research. Contributors from a variety of areas within psychology discuss where the concept has been used successfully, what criticisms can be applied to existing inhibitory explanations, and what alternative explanations to inhibitory processes exist.
This highly accessible volume is the first new book on cognitive inhibition in over 10 years. It covers the broad range of cognition, from attention and performance through memory and language, from development and aging through pathology and psychopathology. It is essential reading for those striving to better understand the nature of and interactions among the mechanisms responsible for executive control and implementation of real-time cognitive performance.