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Prospective issues for error detection

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From the literature on error detection, the authors select several concepts relating error detection mechanisms and prospective memory features. They emphasize the central role of intention in the classification of the errors into slips/lapses/mistakes, in the error handling process and in the usual distinction between action-based and outcome-based detection. Intention is again a core concept in their investigation of prospective memory theory, where they point out the contribution of intention retrievals, intention persistence and output monitoring in the individual's possibilities for detecting their errors. The involvement of the frontal lobes in prospective memory and in error detection is also analysed. From the chronology of a prospective memory task, the authors finally suggest a model for error detection also accounting for neural mechanisms highlighted by studies on error-related brain activity.
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Keywords: Error detection; Error-related brain activity; Intention; Prospective memory

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Université de Liège, Service de Psychologie du Travail, Boulevard du Rectorat 5, 4000, Liège, Belgium

Publication date: June 1, 2005

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