Brain activation and the stroop color-word interference task: Implications for assessment and treatment

Maria Mouratidis, Karen Bolla, Frank R. Funderburk, Alane Kimes, Jean Lud Cadet

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Abstract

Understanding the interaction between brain activity and behavior has clinical significance. This study specifically examined the functioning of the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) by combining neuroimaging (PET) and neurobehavioral testing (Stroop Test). The level of activation in the ACC was examined in 14 healthy participants using the Stroop Color-Word Interference Task. The Stroop Test measures cognitive flexibility and the ability to inhibit incorrect responses. We hypothesized that the left ACC would be activated during this task and that the level of activation would be positively correlated with performance. The results supported our hypotheses and yield applied clinical significance in the areas of assessment and treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-36
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Psychotherapy in Independent Practice
Volume2
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2001

Keywords

  • Anterior cingulate
  • Assessment
  • Brain activation
  • PET
  • Stroop Test

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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