What does the flanker test measure?

In cognitive psychology, the Eriksen flanker task is a set of response inhibition tests used to assess the ability to suppress responses that are inappropriate in a particular context.

What is an inhibitory response?

An inhibitory response is a brain function that allows us to stop (or inhibit) an automatic response or action. In other words, it is an ability to suppress inappropriate, irrelevant, or suboptimal actions.

What is the role of distractors in a flanker compatibility task?

In the flanker compatibility task, they found that action video game players were more easily able to ignore distracting information, suggesting that such players have a greater attentional capacity.

Do negative flankers affect the accuracy of emotion recognition?

However, contrary to our expectations, negative flankers did not have a greater deleterious effect on the accuracy or speed of emotion recognition for target faces. Rather, it was the target faces that were surrounded by happy flankers which were identified least accurately.

What is the best body type for a flanker in rugby?

Rugby flankers need a very specific body type because the are the jack of all trades on a rugby field. They need to strong, fast AND fit. So, a delicate balance needs to be found for a weight that will allow for sufficient muscle mass and yet, allow mobility and easy acceleration.

Do emotional flankers depend on the specific composition of presented emotions?

Here, the authors had applied a visual search task with faces and the advantage of happy faces was attributed to deviating low-level features of happy compared to negative emotional faces. Our data suggest that the effect of emotional flankers may depend on the specific composition of presented emotions.

What is the target and flanker stimulus?

Stimuli in both experiments consisted of color pictures of a centrally presented face (‘target’) surrounded by six other faces (‘flanker’), all presented on gray background (Figure 1). Target and flanker faces each consisted of five different emotion categories (fearful, sad, angry, happy, and neutral).