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Task Switching and Cognitive Control

James Grange and George Houghton


One thing that separates human beings from the rest of the animal world is our ability to control behavior by referencing internal plans, goals, and rules. This ability, which is crucial to our success in a complex social environment, depends on the purposeful generation of “task sets”—states of mental readiness that allow each of us to engage with the world in a particular way or achieve a particular aim. This book reports the latest research regarding the activation, maintenance, and suppression of task sets. Chapters investigate key issues in the field, from how we select the most relevant ... More

Keywords: behavior control, internal plan, internal goal, internal rule, task set, mental readiness, human brain function

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199921959
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199921959.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Grange, editor
Keele University, Staffordshire, England, PhD, Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology

George Houghton, editor
Bangor University, Bangor, Gwynedd, Wales, PhD, Senior Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology

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1 Task Switching and Cognitive Control

James A. Grange and George Houghton

2 Tasks, Task Sets, and the Mapping Between Them

Darryl W. Schneider and Gordon D. Logan

3 The Task-Cuing Paradigm

Nachshon Meiran

4 The Mixing Cost as a Measure of Cognitive Control

Paloma Marí-Beffa and Alexander Kirkham

6 Voluntary Task Switching

Catherine M. Arrington Kaitlin M. Reiman and Starla M. Weaver

7 Inhibitory Control in Task Switching

Miriam Gade, Stefanie Schuch, Michel D. Druey and Iring Koch

8 Models of Cognitive Control in Task Switching

James A. Grange AndGeorge Houghton

10 Neuroimaging Studies of Task Switching

Franziska R. Richter and Nick Yeung

11Task Switching and Executive Dysfunction

Abhijit Das and Glenn R. Wylie

12 Task Switching in Psychiatric Disorders

Susan M. Ravizza and Ruth E. Salo

13 Cognitive Flexibility in Childhood and Adolescence

Sabine Peters and Eveline A. Crone

14 Task Switching and Aging

Jutta Kray and Nicola K. Ferdinand

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