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Task Switching and Cognitive Control$
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James Grange and George Houghton

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199921959

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199921959.001.0001

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Neuroimaging Studies of Task Switching

Neuroimaging Studies of Task Switching

(p.237) 10 Neuroimaging Studies of Task Switching
Task Switching and Cognitive Control

Franziska R. Richter

Nick Yeung

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides an overview of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies of task switching. It addresses four questions. The first is whether neuroimaging evidence supports theories emerging from behavioral studies of task switching. The second question is whether neuroimaging evidence provides support for the often-implicit assumption that “task switching” represents a coherent area of study—that is, that common mechanisms or common organizational principles govern task switching regardless of the particular tasks involved. The third question is whether consistent dissociations are observed among different forms of task switching, for example switching between perceptual attributes versus switching between different sets of potential responses. The fourth, more exploratory, question is whether switching of “retrieval set” in long-term memory shares principles and mechanisms with task switching as more traditionally studied.

Keywords:   functional magnetic resonance imaging, fMRI, cognitive control, task switching, long-term memory

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