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A functional approach for research on cognitive control: analyzing cognitive control tasks and their effects in terms of operant conditioning

Baptist Liefooghe (UGent) and Jan De Houwer (UGent)
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Cognitive control is an important mental ability that is examined using a multitude of cognitive control tasks and effects. The present paper presents the first steps in the elaboration of a functional approach, which aims to uncover the communalities and differences between different cognitive control tasks and their effects. Based on the idea that responses in cognitive control tasks qualify as operant behaviour, we propose to reinterpret cognitive control tasks in terms of operant contingencies and cognitive control effects as instances of moderated stimulus control. We illustrate how our approach can be used to uncover communalities between topographically different cognitive control tasks and can lead to novel questions about the processes underlying cognitive control.
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PERFORMANCE, COMPATIBILITY, INFORMATION, MODEL, Cognitive control, Operant conditioning, Stimulus control

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Liefooghe, Baptist, and Jan De Houwer. 2016. “A Functional Approach for Research on Cognitive Control: Analyzing Cognitive Control Tasks and Their Effects in Terms of Operant Conditioning.” International Journal of Psychology 51 (1): 28–32.
APA
Liefooghe, B., & De Houwer, J. (2016). A functional approach for research on cognitive control: analyzing cognitive control tasks and their effects in terms of operant conditioning. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY, 51(1), 28–32.
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Liefooghe B, De Houwer J. A functional approach for research on cognitive control: analyzing cognitive control tasks and their effects in terms of operant conditioning. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY. 2016;51(1):28–32.
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Liefooghe, Baptist, and Jan De Houwer. “A Functional Approach for Research on Cognitive Control: Analyzing Cognitive Control Tasks and Their Effects in Terms of Operant Conditioning.” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY 51.1 (2016): 28–32. Print.
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  abstract     = {Cognitive control is an important mental ability that is examined using a multitude of cognitive control tasks and effects. The present paper presents the first steps in the elaboration of a functional approach, which aims to uncover the communalities and differences between different cognitive control tasks and their effects. Based on the idea that responses in cognitive control tasks qualify as operant behaviour, we propose to reinterpret cognitive control tasks in terms of operant contingencies and cognitive control effects as instances of moderated stimulus control. We illustrate how our approach can be used to uncover communalities between topographically different cognitive control tasks and can lead to novel questions about the processes underlying cognitive control.},
  author       = {Liefooghe, Baptist and De Houwer, Jan},
  issn         = {0020-7594},
  journal      = {INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY},
  keyword      = {PERFORMANCE,COMPATIBILITY,INFORMATION,MODEL,Cognitive control,Operant conditioning,Stimulus control},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {28--32},
  title        = {A functional approach for research on cognitive control: analyzing cognitive control tasks and their effects in terms of operant conditioning},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ijop.12179},
  volume       = {51},
  year         = {2016},
}

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