Inhibitory attentional control in patients with frontal lobe damage

Mariana Dimitrov, Marina Nakic, Jordan Elpern-Waxman, Joy Granetz, Joy O'Grady, Michael Phipps, Elizabeth Milne, Gordon D. Logan, Lynn Hasher, Jordan Grafman*

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The performance of a group of frontal lobe lesion and a group of frontal lobe dementia patients was compared with the performance of their respective matched normal control groups on two tests of inhibitory attentional control - the stop-signal reaction time task and a negative priming task. Both patient groups responded significantly slower than their respective normal control groups, but they showed only marginally significant selective impairments on the measures of inhibition. The data suggest that the specific inhibitory processes evaluated by these two tests are, in general, spared in patients with focal frontal lobe lesions or frontal lobe degeneration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)258-270
Number of pages13
JournalBrain and cognition
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 2003


  • Attention
  • Inhibition
  • Negative priming
  • Prefrontal cortex
  • Stop-signal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Cognitive Neuroscience


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