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Refers broadly to a kind of task in which participants are to react to a target stimulus among distractor stimuli. Target detection tasks in the absence of competition are considered measures of sustained attention and not selective or divided attention, which are subsumed under cognitive control
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Experimental conditions are the subsets of an experiment that define the relevant experimental manipulation.


In the Cognitive Atlas, we define a contrast as any function over experimental conditions. The simplest contrast is the indicator value for a specific condition; more complex contrasts include linear or nonlinear functions of the indicator across different experimental conditions.


An indicator is a specific quantitative or qualitative variable that is recorded for analysis. These may include behavioral variables (such as response time, accuracy, or other measures of performance) or physiological variables (including genetics, psychophysiology, or brain imaging data).

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Simultaneous EEG-fMRI reveals a temporal cascade of task-related and default-mode activations during a simple target detection task.
Walz JM, Goldman RI, Carapezza M, Muraskin J, Brown TR, Sajda P
NeuroImage (Neuroimage)
2014 Nov 15
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The Persistence of Experience: Prior Attentional and Emotional State Affects Network Functioning in a Target Detection Task.
Stern ER, Muratore AF, Taylor SF, Abelson JL, Hof PR, Goodman WK
Cerebral cortex (New York, N.Y. : 1991) (Cereb Cortex)
2014 Jun 5
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The influence of sport goggles on visual target detection in female intercollegiate athletes.
Kauffman DC, Clark JF, Smith JC
Journal of sports sciences (J Sports Sci)
2014 Dec 24
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