CNTRICS final task selection: Executive control

Deanna M. Barch, Todd S. Braver, Cameron S. Carter, Russell A. Poldrack, Trevor W. Robbins

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The third meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Treatment Research to Improve Cognition in Schizophrenia (CNTRICS) was focused on selecting promising measures for each of the cognitive constructs selected in the first CNTRICS meeting. In the domain of executive control, the 2 constructs of interest were "rule generation and selection" and "dynamic adjustments in control." CNTRICS received 4 task nominations for each of these constructs, and the breakout group for executive control evaluated the degree to which each of these tasks met prespecified criteria. For rule generation and selection, the breakout group for executive control recommended the intradimensional/ extradimensional shift task and the switching Stroop for translation for use in clinical trial contexts in schizophrenia research. For dynamic adjustments in control, the breakout group recommended conflict and error adaptation in the Stroop and the stop signal task for translation for use in clinical trials. This article describes the ways in which each of these tasks met the criteria used by the breakout group to recommend tasks for further development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-135
Number of pages21
JournalSchizophrenia bulletin
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2009


  • Clinical trials
  • Cognition
  • Schizophrenia


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