Cognitive control in cued task switching with transition cues: cue processing, task processing, and cue-task transition congruency.

Department of Experimental Psychology, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium.
Quarterly journal of experimental psychology (2006) (Impact Factor: 1.82). 10/2010; 63(10):1916-35. DOI: 10.1080/17470211003779160
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ABSTRACT We investigated the processes underlying performance during cued task switching with transition cues. To this end, transition cueing and explicit cueing were compared in a design controlling for sequential effects in the two preceding trials in order to further examine the contribution of cue processes, task processes, and cue-task transition congruency during transition cueing. The study confirmed that the task-switch cost in transition cueing is larger than the task-switch cost in explicit cueing and showed that this larger switch cost is mainly due to cue processing. We also successfully decomposed performance in transition cueing into cue processing, task processing, and cue-task transition congruency on both a theoretical (Experiment 1) and an empirical basis (Experiments 2-3). Our empirical dissociation also demonstrates that cue-task transition congruency affects performance during both cue processing and task processing. We discuss the importance of our findings in relation to the different theories on task switching.

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