DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9280.1993.tb00586.x ISSN:

A Neural System for Error Detection and Compensation

William J. Gehring, Brian Goss, Michael G. H. Coles, David E. Meyer, Emanuel Donchin
  • General Psychology

Humans can monitor actions and compensate for errors. Analysis of the human event-related brain potentials (ERPs) accompanying errors provides evidence for a neural process whose activity is specifically associated with monitoring and compensating for erroneous behavior. This error-related activity is enhanced when subjects strive for accurate performance but is diminished when response speed is emphasized at the expense of accuracy. The activity is also related to attempts to compensate for the erroneous behavior.

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