Internal Shift Task (IST)

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Internal Shift Task

The Internal Shift Task (IST) by Koster et al (2013) uses a mental updating task to study inhibition and set shifting in response to processing internally held (aka 'in memory') emotional and non-emotional face stimuli.
Duration: 20 minutes
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Google ScholarSearch Google Scholar for peer-reviewed, published research using the Inquisit Internal Shift Task (IST).

Koster, E. H. W., Lissnyder, E. D., De Raedt, R. (2013). Rumination is characterized by valence-specific impairments in switching of attention. Acta Psychologica, 144(3), 563-570. doi:10.1016/j.actpsy.2013.09.008

Stange, J. P., Alloy, L. B., & Fresco, D. M. (2017). Inflexibility as a Vulnerability to Depression: A Systematic Qualitative Review. Clinical Psychology (New York, N.Y.), 24(3), 245–276.

LeMoult, J., & Gotlib, I. H. (2019). Depression: A cognitive perspective. Clinical Psychology Review, 69, 51–66.

Watkins, E. R., & Roberts, H. (2020). Reflecting on rumination: Consequences, causes, mechanisms and treatment of rumination. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 127, 103573–28.

Roberts, H., Mostazir, M., Moberly, N. J., Watkins, E. R., & Adlam, A.-L. (2021). Working memory updating training reduces state repetitive negative thinking: Proof-of-concept for a novel cognitive control training. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 142, 103871–103871.