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Task switching: interplay of reconfiguration and interference control

André Vandierendonck UGent, Baptist Liefooghe UGent and Frederick Verbruggen UGent (2010) PSYCHOLOGICAL BULLETIN. 136(4). p.601-626
abstract
The task-switching paradigm is being increasingly used as a tool for studying cognitive control and task coordination. Different procedural variations have been developed. They have in common that a comparison is made between transitions in which the previous task is repeated and transitions that involve a change toward another task. In general, a performance switch cost is observed such that switching to a new task results in a slower and more error-prone execution of the task. The present article reviews the theoretical explanations of the switch cost and the findings collected in support of those explanations. Resolution and protection from interference by previous events explain part of the switching cost, but processes related to task setting and task preparation also play a prominent role, as testified by faster execution and lower switch costs when the preparation time is longer. The authors discuss the evidence in favor of each of these sets of accounts and raise a number of questions that situate task switching in a broader context of cognitive control processes. The role of several aspects of the task set, including task variations, task-set overlap, and task-set structure, is addressed, as is the role of knowledge about probability of task changes and about the structure of task sequences.
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ADULT AGE-DIFFERENCES, STOP-SIGNAL PARADIGM, CLOSED-HEAD INJURY, LONG-TERM-MEMORY, SET RECONFIGURATION, WORKING-MEMORY, BACKWARD INHIBITION, task switching, cognitive control, task-set reconfiguration, interference, MEDIAL FRONTAL-CORTEX, SIMPLE COGNITIVE TASKS, PSYCHOLOGICAL REFRACTORY PERIOD
journal title
PSYCHOLOGICAL BULLETIN
Psychol. Bull.
volume
136
issue
4
issue title
TASK SWITCHING: RECONFIGURATION AND INTERFERENCE
pages
601 - 626
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000279187100007
JCR category
PSYCHOLOGY, MULTIDISCIPLINARY
JCR impact factor
11.975 (2010)
JCR rank
2/120 (2010)
JCR quartile
1 (2010)
ISSN
0033-2909
DOI
10.1037/a0019791
language
English
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yes
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A1
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
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946263
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-946263
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2010-05-13 09:34:34
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2015-06-17 11:25:30
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  abstract     = {The task-switching paradigm is being increasingly used as a tool for studying cognitive control and task coordination. Different procedural variations have been developed. They have in common that a comparison is made between transitions in which the previous task is repeated and transitions that involve a change toward another task. In general, a performance switch cost is observed such that switching to a new task results in a slower and more error-prone execution of the task. The present article reviews the theoretical explanations of the switch cost and the findings collected in support of those explanations.
Resolution and protection from interference by previous events explain part of the switching cost, but processes related to task setting and task preparation also play a prominent role, as testified by faster execution and lower switch costs when the preparation time is longer. The authors discuss the evidence in favor of each of these sets of accounts and raise a number of questions that situate task switching in a broader context of cognitive control processes. The role of several aspects of the task set, including task variations, task-set overlap, and task-set structure, is addressed, as is the role of knowledge about probability of task changes and about the structure of task sequences.},
  author       = {Vandierendonck, Andr{\'e} and Liefooghe, Baptist and Verbruggen, Frederick},
  issn         = {0033-2909},
  journal      = {PSYCHOLOGICAL BULLETIN},
  keyword      = {ADULT AGE-DIFFERENCES,STOP-SIGNAL PARADIGM,CLOSED-HEAD INJURY,LONG-TERM-MEMORY,SET RECONFIGURATION,WORKING-MEMORY,BACKWARD INHIBITION,task switching,cognitive control,task-set reconfiguration,interference,MEDIAL FRONTAL-CORTEX,SIMPLE COGNITIVE TASKS,PSYCHOLOGICAL REFRACTORY PERIOD},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {601--626},
  title        = {Task switching: interplay of reconfiguration and interference control},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0019791},
  volume       = {136},
  year         = {2010},
}

Chicago
Vandierendonck, André, Baptist Liefooghe, and Frederick Verbruggen. 2010. “Task Switching: Interplay of Reconfiguration and Interference Control.” Psychological Bulletin 136 (4): 601–626.
APA
Vandierendonck, André, Liefooghe, B., & Verbruggen, F. (2010). Task switching: interplay of reconfiguration and interference control. PSYCHOLOGICAL BULLETIN, 136(4), 601–626.
Vancouver
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Vandierendonck A, Liefooghe B, Verbruggen F. Task switching: interplay of reconfiguration and interference control. PSYCHOLOGICAL BULLETIN. 2010;136(4):601–26.
MLA
Vandierendonck, André, Baptist Liefooghe, and Frederick Verbruggen. “Task Switching: Interplay of Reconfiguration and Interference Control.” PSYCHOLOGICAL BULLETIN 136.4 (2010): 601–626. Print.