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The influence of overlapping response sets on task inhibition


Gade, Miriam; Koch, Iring (2007). The influence of overlapping response sets on task inhibition. Memory & Cognition, 35(4):603-609.

Abstract

The aim of the present study was to examine the contribution of overlapping response sets to the occurrence of task inhibition, measured asn-2 task repetition cost. We had subjects switch among four tasks. Three tasks overlapped on both stimulus set and response set. A fourth,neutral, univalent task never overlapped on the stimulus set but, across three experiments, varied in terms of the degree of overlap in the response set. We found that overlap in response set affects task inhibition. We suggest that response set overlap increases the competition among tasks and, thus, triggers task inhibition to resolve this competition.

Abstract

The aim of the present study was to examine the contribution of overlapping response sets to the occurrence of task inhibition, measured asn-2 task repetition cost. We had subjects switch among four tasks. Three tasks overlapped on both stimulus set and response set. A fourth,neutral, univalent task never overlapped on the stimulus set but, across three experiments, varied in terms of the degree of overlap in the response set. We found that overlap in response set affects task inhibition. We suggest that response set overlap increases the competition among tasks and, thus, triggers task inhibition to resolve this competition.

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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:2007
Deposited On:06 Aug 2014 13:20
Last Modified:18 May 2017 09:24
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0090-502X
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.3758/BF03193298

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