How much do we know about our own cognitive control: Self-report versus performance measures of executive control.

Edward Nęcka , Natalia Sobczyk , Bogumiła Lech , Magdalena Śmieja


Abstract. The paper investigates whether self-report and performance measures of executive control yield comparable results. We report an empirical study in which the answers to a self-report questionnaire on executive control were compared with the results of three computerized tests of cognitive control. Both the questionnaire and the computerized tests covered three dimensions of executive control, namely, prepotent response inhibition, task switching, and goal monitoring (goal maintenance). The results are rather surprising and negative: The relationships between performance and self-report measures of executive control were either weak or insignificant. Moreover, they tended to disappear when age of participants was controlled.We conclude that people are basically unable to assess the strength of their own cognitive control. However, the two types of assessment tool might analyze different aspects of individual differences in executive control and should therefore be considered in research and practical applications.
Author Edward Nęcka (Wydział Psychologii)
Edward Nęcka,,
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, Natalia Sobczyk
Natalia Sobczyk,,
, Bogumiła Lech
Bogumiła Lech,,
, Magdalena Śmieja
Magdalena Śmieja,,
Journal seriesEuropean Journal of Psychological Assessment, ISSN 1015-5759, (A 30 pkt)
Issue year2012
Vol28 (3)
Publication size in sheets0
ASJC Classification3202 Applied Psychology
Languageen angielski
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Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2012 = 1.074; WoS Impact Factor: 2012 = 2.056 (2) - 2012=2.106 (5)
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