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A review of the role of cue processing in task switching

(2013) ZEITSCHRIFT FUR PSYCHOLOGIE. 221(1). p.5-14
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The integrative neuroscience of behavioral control (Neuroscience)
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The role of cue processing has become a controversial topic in research on cognitive control using task-switching procedures. Some authors suggested a priming account to explain switch costs as a form of encoding benefit when the cue from the previous trial is repeated and hence challenged theories that attribute task-switch costs to task-set (re)configuration. A rich body of empirical evidence has evolved that indeed shows that cue-encoding repetition priming is an important component in task switching. However, these studies also demonstrate that there are usually substantial “true” task-switch costs. Here, we review this behavioral, electrophysiological, and brain imaging evidence. Moreover, we describe alternative approaches to the explicit task-cuing procedure, such as the usage of transition cues or the task-span procedure. In addition, we address issues related to the type of cue, such as cue transparency. We also discuss methodological and theoretical implications and argue that the explicit task-cuing procedure is suitable to address issues of cognitive control and task-set switching.
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BACKWARD INHIBITION, EXECUTIVE CONTROL, COGNITIVE CONTROL, CLEVER HOMUNCULUS, SET, COSTS, RECONFIGURATION, PERFORMANCE, ATTENTION, PARADIGM, task-cuing procedure, reconfiguration, advance preparation

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Jost, Kerstin, Wouter De Baene, Iring Koch, and Marcel Brass. 2013. “A Review of the Role of Cue Processing in Task Switching.” Zeitschrift Fur Psychologie 221 (1): 5–14.
APA
Jost, K., De Baene, W., Koch, I., & Brass, M. (2013). A review of the role of cue processing in task switching. ZEITSCHRIFT FUR PSYCHOLOGIE, 221(1), 5–14.
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Jost K, De Baene W, Koch I, Brass M. A review of the role of cue processing in task switching. ZEITSCHRIFT FUR PSYCHOLOGIE. 2013;221(1):5–14.
MLA
Jost, Kerstin, Wouter De Baene, Iring Koch, et al. “A Review of the Role of Cue Processing in Task Switching.” ZEITSCHRIFT FUR PSYCHOLOGIE 221.1 (2013): 5–14. Print.
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  author       = {Jost, Kerstin and De Baene, Wouter and Koch, Iring and Brass, Marcel},
  issn         = {0044-3409},
  journal      = {ZEITSCHRIFT FUR PSYCHOLOGIE},
  keywords     = {BACKWARD INHIBITION,EXECUTIVE CONTROL,COGNITIVE CONTROL,CLEVER HOMUNCULUS,SET,COSTS,RECONFIGURATION,PERFORMANCE,ATTENTION,PARADIGM,task-cuing procedure,reconfiguration,advance preparation},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {5--14},
  title        = {A review of the role of cue processing in task switching},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1027/2151-2604/a000125},
  volume       = {221},
  year         = {2013},
}

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