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Sequence of task events in a trial.

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posted on 31.12.2013 by Rossella Falcone, Sara Bevacqua, Erika Cerasti, Emiliano Brunamonti, Milena Cervelloni, Aldo Genovesio

A. O-NMTG task. Each black rectangle represents the video screen. The white circle represents the central stimulus, the grey horizontal bar is the go cue for the movement. The yellow bar and the blue circle are the two potential response goals. In this example trial, which could represent the first trial of a session, the response decision (highlighted by the white rectangle) corresponds to the left yellow bar. During the training phase we used three sets of goal-objects. Only set 1 was used in during the test phase. Each set of object-goals included four different objects. For a descriptive purpose we used the objects from set 1 to describe the task events. B. In this example sequence of trials, the previous goal was the yellow bar (left green box, as in A). The same goal was, by task design, presented again in the current trial (right violet box), together with another potential future goal, which was either the goal discarded in the previous trial (blue circle) or the goal that was not presented in the previous trial (either the red polygon or the green cross). The correct goal (response) was always the goal that differed from the previous selected goal. C. S-NMTG task. The sequence of task events is as in A. The two gray squares on the two sides of the central target represent the two spatial goals. D. In this example sequence of trials, the previous goal was the left target (left green box as in B). The same spatial goal was, by task design, presented again in the current trial together with a new spatial goal which could be either the goal discarded in the previous trial (right above), or a new one from the same set (either left below or right below).

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