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Preparing or executing the wrong task: the influence on switch effects

Charlotte Desmet UGent, Wim Fias UGent and Marcel Brass UGent (2012) QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY. 65(6). p.1172-1184
abstract
In a previous study, it was proposed that executing a task leads to task strengthening. In other words, task activation at the moment of response execution determines subsequent switch effects (Steinhauser & Hübner, 2006). The authors investigated this issue by comparing switch effects after task and response errors. However, the use of bivalent stimulus–response mappings might have obscured some of the effects. Therefore, we replicated the experiment using univalent stimulus–response mappings. With this adjusted design, which overcomes some shortcomings of the original study, we were able to replicate the finding of switch benefits after task errors. Closer inspection of the data showed the importance of preexecution processes on subsequent switch effects. In a second experiment, we further elaborated on these preexecution processes. More precisely, we investigated the effect of task preparation on subsequent switch effects. Taken together, our data extend current accounts of task switching by showing that the preparatory processes occurring before the response on trial n influence the switch cost on trial n + 1.
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organization
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journalArticle (original)
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published
subject
keyword
Switch cost, PARADIGM, ERRORS, RESPONSE SELECTION, Task error, Preparation, Response
journal title
QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
Q. J. Exp. Psychol.
volume
65
issue
6
pages
1172 - 1184
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000305536900013
JCR category
PSYCHOLOGY, EXPERIMENTAL
JCR impact factor
1.82 (2012)
JCR rank
40/83 (2012)
JCR quartile
2 (2012)
ISSN
1747-0218
DOI
10.1080/17470218.2011.645840
project
The integrative neuroscience of behavioral control (Neuroscience)
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
id
2135409
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-2135409
date created
2012-06-07 09:25:19
date last changed
2015-06-17 10:04:44
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  abstract     = {In a previous study, it was proposed that executing a task leads to task strengthening. In other words, task activation at the moment of response execution determines subsequent switch effects (Steinhauser \& H{\"u}bner, 2006). The authors investigated this issue by comparing switch effects after task and response errors. However, the use of bivalent stimulus--response mappings might have obscured some of the effects. Therefore, we replicated the experiment using univalent stimulus--response mappings. With this adjusted design, which overcomes some shortcomings of the original study, we were able to replicate the finding of switch benefits after task errors. Closer inspection of the data showed the importance of preexecution processes on subsequent switch effects. In a second experiment, we further elaborated on these preexecution processes. More precisely, we investigated the effect of task preparation on subsequent switch effects. Taken together, our data extend current accounts of task switching by showing that the preparatory processes occurring before the response on trial n influence the switch cost on trial n + 1.},
  author       = {Desmet, Charlotte and Fias, Wim and Brass, Marcel},
  issn         = {1747-0218},
  journal      = {QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY},
  keyword      = {Switch cost,PARADIGM,ERRORS,RESPONSE SELECTION,Task error,Preparation,Response},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {6},
  pages        = {1172--1184},
  title        = {Preparing or executing the wrong task: the influence on switch effects},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17470218.2011.645840},
  volume       = {65},
  year         = {2012},
}

Chicago
Desmet, Charlotte, Wim Fias, and Marcel Brass. 2012. “Preparing or Executing the Wrong Task: The Influence on Switch Effects.” Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology 65 (6): 1172–1184.
APA
Desmet, Charlotte, Fias, W., & Brass, M. (2012). Preparing or executing the wrong task: the influence on switch effects. QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY, 65(6), 1172–1184.
Vancouver
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Desmet C, Fias W, Brass M. Preparing or executing the wrong task: the influence on switch effects. QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY. 2012;65(6):1172–84.
MLA
Desmet, Charlotte, Wim Fias, and Marcel Brass. “Preparing or Executing the Wrong Task: The Influence on Switch Effects.” QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY 65.6 (2012): 1172–1184. Print.