Reward counteracts conflict adaptation. Evidence for a role of affect in executive control.

@article{Steenbergen2009RewardCC,
  title={Reward counteracts conflict adaptation. Evidence for a role of affect in executive control.},
  author={Henk van Steenbergen and Guido P. H. Band and Bernhard Hommel},
  journal={Psychological science},
  year={2009},
  volume={20 12},
  pages={1473-7}
}
The conflict-adaptation effect has been observed in several executive-control tasks and is thought to reflect an increase in control, driven by experienced conflict. We hypothesized that if this adaptation originates from the aversive quality of conflict, it would be canceled out by a positive, rewarding event. Subjects performed an arrow flanker task with monetary gain or loss as arbitrary feedback between trials. As predicted, we found a reduction in conflict adaptation for trials in which… CONTINUE READING
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