Research report 2009 - Max Planck Institute for Metabolism Research

To err is human – error processing and beyond

Authors
Klein, Tilmann A.; Jocham, Gerhard; Ullsperger, Markus
Departments

Kognitive Neurologie (Dr. Markus Ullsperger)
MPI für neurologische Forschung, Köln

Summary
Performance monitoring and behavioural control are everyday phenomena in human live. Most often they take place unconsciously and without effort. In case of an outcome deviation, i.e. a mismatch between an expected and an actual action outcome, the brain has to detect this deviation and act upon it. Potential deviations are manifold, reflecting the complexity of human existence. Nearly as manifold are the factors that impact the functioning of human performance monitoring.

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