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Momentary lapse of control: A cognitive continuum approach to understanding and mitigating perseveration in human error

Dehais, Frédéric and Hodgetts, Helen M. and Causse, Mickaël and Behrend, Julia and Durantin, Gautier and Tremblay, Sébastien Momentary lapse of control: A cognitive continuum approach to understanding and mitigating perseveration in human error. (2019) Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 100. 252-262. ISSN 0149-7634

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neubiorev.2019.03.006


Everyday complex and stressful real-life situations can overwhelm the human brain to an extent that the person is no longer able to accurately evaluate the situation and persists in irrational actions or strategies. Safety analyses reveal that such perseverative behavior is exhibited by operators in many critical domains, which can lead to potentially fatal incidents. There are neuroimaging evidences of changes in healthy brain functioning when engaged in non-adaptive behaviors that are akin to executive deficits such as perseveration shown in patients with brain lesion. In this respect, we suggest a cognitive continuum whereby stressors can render the healthy brain temporarily impaired. We show that the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex is a key structure for executive and attentional control whereby any transient (stressors, neurostimulation) or permanent (lesion) impairment compromises adaptive behavior. Using this neuropsychological insight, we discuss solutions involving training, neurostimulation, and the design of cognitive countermeasures for mitigating perseveration.

Item Type:Article
HAL Id:hal-02114593
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale - INSERM (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace - ISAE-SUPAERO (FRANCE)
Other partners > Cardiff Metropolitan University (UNITED KINGDOM)
Other partners > Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris - ENS Paris (FRANCE)
Other partners > Université Laval (CANADA)
Other partners > University of Queensland - UQ (AUSTRALIA)
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Deposited On:29 Apr 2019 15:36

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