Encyclopedia of Child Behavior and Development

2011 Edition
| Editors: Sam Goldstein, Jack A. Naglieri

Go/No-Go Task

  • George Georgiou
  • Cecilia A. Essau
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-79061-9_1267


The go/no-go task is similar to the stop-signal task in that both investigate the ability to inhibit a response.


The go/no-go is a cognitive task aimed at determining the ability of an individual to inhibit a response deemed inappropriate.


Experimental paradigms measuring response times (RTs) often assess how the information-processing sequence of perception, decision making, and action are organized. A tool commonly employed in this endeavor is the two choice task which typically requires participants to respond to a presented stimulus using one of two possible choice responses [6]. An alternative tool is the go/no-go task where participants are required to either respond (i.e., pressing designated key) or withhold a response (not pressing designated key) depending on whether a go stimulus or a no-go stimulus is presented (Verbruggen & Logan, 2008). It has been argued that compared to the two choice task, the data collected from go/no-go procedure...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • George Georgiou
    • 1
  • Cecilia A. Essau
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Human and Life SciencesRoehampton UniversityLondonUK