Context and alcohol consumption behaviours affect inhibitory control

Adam Qureshi, Rebecca Monk, Charlotte, R Pennington, Xiaoyun Li, Thomas Leatherbarrow

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Fifty-eight participants completed a Go/No-Go Task, with alcohol-related and neutral visual stimuli presented with or without short or continuous auditory bar cues. Participants performed worse when presented with alcohol-related images and auditory cues. Problematic alcohol consumption and higher EC were associated with better IC performance for alcohol images. It is postulated that those with higher EC may be better able to ignore alcoholrelated stimuli, whilst those with problematic alcohol consumption are unconsciously less attuned to these. This runs contrary to current dogma and highlights the importance of examining both auditory and visual stimuli when investigating IC.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)625-633
JournalJournal of Applied Social Psychology
Issue number11
Early online date9 Aug 2017
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 9 Aug 2017


  • Inhibitory control
  • context effects
  • alcohol relatedvisual and auditory stimuli


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