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ERIC Number: EJ877086
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-0096-1523
Across-Task Conflict Regulation: A Replication Failure
Runger, Dennis; Schwager, Sabine; Frensch, Peter A.
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, v36 n1 p136-146 Feb 2010
Fernandez-Duque and Knight (2008, Experiment 4) described an across-task effect of endogenously generated, anticipatory control: A cue that predicted conflict in an upcoming Eriksen flanker task modulated conflict regulation in a subsequent number Stroop task. In 3 experiments, 1 of which included an exact replication condition, we failed to observe the expected across-task effect. However, a reanalysis of our data revealed a conflict adaptation effect: Number task processing on incongruent trials was influenced by random fluctuations in flanker task performance. Our findings, alongside reports of reactive across-task conflict regulation (Freitas, Bahar, Yang, & Banai, 2007), challenge Fernandez-Duque and Knight's claim that across-task effects are a distinctive feature of anticipatory cognitive control. (Contains 5 footnotes, 3 tables, and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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