Stop signal paradigm: In "go" trials (75%) observers responded to the go signal (a circle) and in "stop" trials (25%) they had to withhold the response when they saw the stop signal (an X). In both trials the go signal appeared after a randomized time interval between 1 to 5 s (the fore-period or FP, uniform distribution) following the appearance of the fixation point. The go signal disappeared at the time of button press or when 1 s had elapsed, whichever came first, ending the trial. In a stop trial, the stop signal replaced the go signal by a time delay – the stop signal delay (SSD). The SSD was updated according to a staircase procedure, whereby it increased and decreased by 64 ms following a stop success and stop error trial, respectively.
Chao et al. BMC Neuroscience 2009 10:75 doi:10.1186/1471-2202-10-75