Towards a model-based cognitive neuroscience of stopping - a neuroimaging perspective

Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 2018 Jul;90:130-136. doi: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2018.04.011. Epub 2018 Apr 13.


Our understanding of the neural correlates of response inhibition has greatly advanced over the last decade. Nevertheless the specific function of regions within this stopping network remains controversial. The traditional neuroimaging approach cannot capture many processes affecting stopping performance. Despite the shortcomings of the traditional neuroimaging approach and a great progress in mathematical and computational models of stopping, model-based cognitive neuroscience approaches in human neuroimaging studies are largely lacking. To foster model-based approaches to ultimately gain a deeper understanding of the neural signature of stopping, we outline the most prominent models of response inhibition and recent advances in the field. We highlight how a model-based approach in clinical samples has improved our understanding of altered cognitive functions in these disorders. Moreover, we show how linking evidence-accumulation models and neuroimaging data improves the identification of neural pathways involved in the stopping process and helps to delineate these from neural networks of related but distinct functions. In conclusion, adopting a model-based approach is indispensable to identifying the actual neural processes underlying stopping.

Keywords: Decision-making components; Diffusion decision model; Independent horse-race model; Individual differences; Stop-signal task; Trigger failures.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Brain / physiology*
  • Cognition / physiology*
  • Cognitive Neuroscience*
  • Humans
  • Neural Pathways / physiology*
  • Neuroimaging*
  • Psychomotor Performance / physiology