An "ALQ-hole" (also defined here) is a fun (but also seriously ÆPT) metaphor for a central (non-sensory) sector of an actention module (especially a distress-driving actention module) that is kept from firing, or that fires significantly less frequently, because its excitatory receptors are being blocked by messages arriving arriving from from one (or more than one) inhibitory interneuron, or because a presynaptic (directly upstream) excitatory neuron has become sufficiently silenced by pre or post synaptic inhibitory input.
By the way, the ÆPT meaning of an ALQ-hole is related to that, and how, we get to focus (temporarily maintain or shift) actention (=behave or be preoccupied) as a result of that incompatible (or non-complementary) actention modules compete with each other (do by means of mutual inhibition) while 'cheered on' or 'booed' by 'an audience' consisting of current (and recent) and past environmental factors.
[Of course the "competition" that goes on inside our brains is 'Olympic-sized', and one in which the participant actention modules are typically unevenly weighted by natural selection in our phylogeny.
The same goes of course for other animals except that the sizes of "such competitions" varies enormously.]
In other words, an 'ALQ-hole' refers to metabolically muted state (a hiatus of metabolic hecticness) of neurons that are the central components of an actention module that is prevented from relaying excitatory neural messages as the result of a reflexive, typically "selective unconsciousness" rendering, response initiated as soon as a neural ASSS has automatically assessed that it has ended up under a (by defintion always circumstantial) threat of "Specific Hibernation" (SH) imploring type.
An ALQ-hole can also be thought of as a stretch of a neural road(s) that is blocked from being travelled by action potentials, relayed as excitatory messages, signals and a "stretch" which, if relayed/"travelled" would lead to a maladaptive response of distress-type — a response that by ÆPT definition is maladaptive during an ended up under SH imploring threat. In fewer words, an ALQ-hole is dug as part of a CURSES being automatically caused by any kind of (from tardily to speedily and for any reason ended up under) SH-imploring threat.
However, it would also be maladaptive in most but not all subsequent lifetime settings, depending on individual ASSSs' self-regulatory capacity relative to the severity of their life-history of survived and no longer under genuine circumstantial threats of SHI type and correspondingly accumulated CURSES.