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ERIC Number: EJ965030
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Feb
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 89
ISSN: ISSN-0096-1523
Decomposing Task-Switching Costs with the Diffusion Model
Schmitz, Florian; Voss, Andreas
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, v38 n1 p222-250 Feb 2012
In four experiments, task-switching processes were investigated with variants of the alternating runs paradigm and the explicit cueing paradigm. The classical diffusion model for binary decisions (Ratcliff, 1978) was used to dissociate different components of task-switching costs. Findings can be reconciled with the view that task-switching processes take place in successive phases as postulated by multiple-components models of task switching (e.g., Mayr & Kliegl, 2003; Ruthruff, Remington, & Johnston, 2001). At an earlier phase, task-set reconfiguration (Rogers & Monsell, 1995) or cue-encoding (Schneider & Logan, 2005) takes place, at a later phase, the response is selected in accord with constraints set in the first phase. Inertia effects (Allport, Styles, & Hsieh, 1994; Allport & Wylie, 2000) were shown to affect this later stage. Additionally, findings support the notion that response caution contributes to both global as well as to local switching costs when task switches are predictable. (Contains 7 footnotes and 9 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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Identifiers - Location: Germany