Somatosensory event-related potentials (ERPs) associated with stopping ongoing movement

Arihiro Hatta*, Yoshiaki Nishihira, Takeshi Kaneda, Toshiaki Wasaka, Tetsuo Kida, Kazuo Kuroiwa, Sachiyo Akiyama

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The somatosensory event-related potentials (ERPs) associated with stopping ongoing movement and increasing muscular tension were examined. 14 healthy right-handed volunteers, 10 men and 4 women (21-29 years old, M age ± 5D, 24.1 ± 2.5 yr.) performed a stop/increase reaction task. They were requested to perform an elbow extension movement with the right arm and to maintain 20% of the maximum voluntary contraction forces (MVC) before the electrical stimuli were delivered to either the left index finger or the left little finger. They executed one of two movements from the sustained contraction state: they had to stop the muscular tension following the left little finger stimulus or increase the muscular tension from 20% to 40% of the maximum voluntary contraction forces following the left index finger stimulus. The reaction time and somatosensory sequence P100-N140-P300 components of event-related potentials were recorded for each electrical stimulus, respectively. The reaction time was longer to the increase reaction condition than to the stop reaction condition. Neither P100 nor N140 components showed significant differences between stop and increase reaction conditions. The P300 to the stop reaction condition was of greater amplitude and latency than those of the increase reaction condition. These results suggest that stopping the ongoing movement processing requires a longer stimulus evaluation time and is more demanding than increasing reaction processing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)895-904
Number of pages10
JournalPerceptual and Motor Skills
Issue number3 I
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Dec

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology


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