Open access peer-reviewed Edited Volume

Response Inhibition

Kenneth J.D. Allen

University of California, Berkeley

A neuroscientist with increasingly influential empirical and theoretical contributions to understanding the cognitive mechanisms underlying neuropsychiatric disorders, affiliated with the University of California, Brown University, and the University of Harvard where he was awarded his Ph.D. Degree. Dr. Allen is a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honor Society, and Society for Research in Psychopathology (SRP).


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Response inhibition is a core facet of cognitive (executive or inhibitory) control and among the most well-studied neuropsychological processes in experimental psychopathology, neuroscience, and psychiatry. Response inhibition deficits are implicated across externalizing, internalizing, and thought disorder psychiatric spectra, as well as in acquired and organic neurocognitive disorders (e.g., dementia, post-concussive syndrome, etc.). Impaired response inhibition is thus one of several related neuropsychological constructs (e.g., cognitive inflexibility, executive dysfunction more broadly slowed processing speed) proposed as candidate bio-behavioral indicators of disorder-general susceptibility to neuropsychiatric illness.

This forthcoming volume will provide a multidisciplinary scientific perspective on response inhibition, uniting established experts and promising early-career investigators whose research advances our basic understanding of this construct, its assessment, biological and genetic correlates, maturational trajectories across human development, neurophysiological substrates, constituent subprocesses, as well as its relationships with superordinate cognitive operations, i.e., inhibitory
control, other executive functions, and higher-order mental abilities. Contributing authors will further discuss applied, clinical, and practical implications of response inhibition deficits across neuropsychiatric phenomena with divergent clinical features and presentations, in addition to considering its potential value as an endophenotype or bio-behavioral marker of genetic susceptibility.

Finally, this book will cover current and emerging approaches to intervention, prevention, and remediation of response inhibition deficits in high-risk populations.

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Kenneth J.D. Allen

University of California, Berkeley

I am a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Oberlin College, where I direct the Cognition, Affect, Self-regulation, & Health (C.A.S.H.) Laboratory. I received my Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Harvard University and completed my predoctoral residency and postdoctoral fellowship at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. My lab employs behavioral tasks, psychophysiology, and computational methods to examine the etiology, maintenance, and treatment of self-destructive behaviors, including both "direct" (self-injury & suicide) and "indirect" self-harm (e.g., dysregulated eating & substance misuse). I am particularly interested in the interactive roles of (1) affective control and (2) reinforcement processes in predicting specific clinical trajectories and outcomes.

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