Modeling cognitive control in task-switching

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Abstract

This article describes a quantitative model, which suggests what the underlying mechanisms of cognitive control in a particular task-switching paradigm are, with relevance to task-switching performance in general. It is suggested that participants dynamically control response accuracy by selective attention, in the particular paradigm being used, by controlling stimulus representation. They are less efficient in dynamically controlling response representation. The model fits reasonably well the pattern of reaction time results concerning task switching, congruency, cue-target interval and response-repetition in a mixed task condition, as well as the differences between mixed task and pure task conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)234-249
Number of pages16
JournalPsychological Research
Volume63
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2000

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