Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan


  • Stephanie A. Kolakowsky-HaynerEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_2092


Restraint; Sublimation; Suppression


The blockage of an action, thought, or process. Inhibition may describe conscious or unconscious limitation or restriction of behavior or response, or the blockage of a particular psychological process. Inhibition regulates between conscious and unconscious or instinctual behaviors and thoughts. In physiology, inhibition describes a specific motor or physiological response being prohibited or dampened such as a muscle movement, or it may focus on the ability to stop an effect of a binding ligand (neurotransmitter or hormone).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Rehabilitation MedicineIcahn School of Medicine at Mount SinaiNew YorkUSA