Inhibition is the ability to inhibit or control impulsive (or automatic) responses, and create responses by using attention and reasoning. The Go/No-Go Task is a cognitive task that determines the ability of an individual to inhibit their response deemed inappropriate. What is inhibition? Inhibition or inhibitory control is the ability to inhibit or control impulsive (or automatic) responses, and create responses by using attention and reasoning. Controlled by the frontal lobe of the brain, this cognitive ability is one of our Executive Functions and contributes to anticipation, planning, and goal setting.
Now, how can we train the inhibition response using the FITLIGHTS®? You can start with a simple, Go/No Go task, where the participants respond to certain stimuli (“go” stimuli) and make no response or reaction for others (“no-go” stimuli). The main dependent measure in go/no-go tasks is making a “go” response on “no-go” trials; fewer errors signify better response inhibition.
In our example, we program green light to be the "Go" Response and the red light to be the "No-Go" Response. If the user incorrectly responds to the red light, it is counted as a "miss" or error.
Inhibition is one of our most used cognitive functions. It is how the brain corrects a behavior. Performance on these tasks is generally impaired following frontal lobe damage or disease.