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Adaptive control of response preparedness in task switching


Steinhauser, M; Hübner, R; Druey, Michel D (2009). Adaptive control of response preparedness in task switching. Neuropsychologia, 47(8-9):1826-1835.

Abstract

When rapidly switching between two tasks, bivalent stimuli can accidentally trigger the previously executed and therefore still activated response. Recently, it has been suggested that behavioral response-repetition effects reflect response inhibition that reduces the risk of such erroneous response repetitions. The present study investigated neural correlates of this inhibition process using lateralized readiness potentials (LRP). In three experiments, we demonstrate a response-switch bias emerging during the preparatory interval which is independent of task sequence (Experiment 1), which is linked to task preparation (Experiment 2), and which is present only under task-switching conditions (Experiment 3). These results suggest that the bias reflects a control process that adaptively regulates response preparedness.

Abstract

When rapidly switching between two tasks, bivalent stimuli can accidentally trigger the previously executed and therefore still activated response. Recently, it has been suggested that behavioral response-repetition effects reflect response inhibition that reduces the risk of such erroneous response repetitions. The present study investigated neural correlates of this inhibition process using lateralized readiness potentials (LRP). In three experiments, we demonstrate a response-switch bias emerging during the preparatory interval which is independent of task sequence (Experiment 1), which is linked to task preparation (Experiment 2), and which is present only under task-switching conditions (Experiment 3). These results suggest that the bias reflects a control process that adaptively regulates response preparedness.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Language:English
Date:21 February 2009
Deposited On:21 Oct 2009 09:23
Last Modified:06 Dec 2017 21:22
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0028-3932
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2009.02.022

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