A conflict monitoring account of the control mechanisms involved in dual-tasking
Michał Olszanowski , Maria Teresa Bajo , Arnaud Szmalec
AbstractThe present study investigates the cognitive mechanism underlying the control of interference duringdual-task coordination. Partially inspired by the conflict monitoring hypothesis, we test the assumptionthat dual-task interference is resolved by a top-down adaptation mechanism that is responsible forbehavioural adjustments in the prioritisation of the coordinated tasks. In a series of two experiments, wemeasured conflict adaptation to the so-called Gratton effect—the decrease in dual-task interferencefollowing incompatible trials. In Experiment 1 the primary task was a low demand choice discriminationtask, whereas in Experiment 2 the primary task was an updating task that imposes a continuous load onworking memory. The secondary task was a tone discrimination task. Both experiments consistentlyshowed that the response conflict of previous trial triggers top-down behavioural adjustments that reduceinterference. We conclude that dual-task interference shows strong similarities to Stroop-like types ofcognitive interference, namely in the way that suboptimal performance is dealt with by the cognitivesystem.
|Journal series||Journal of Cognitive Psychology, ISSN 2044-5911, (A 20 pkt)|
|Publication size in sheets||0.5|
|Keywords in English||Conflict monitoring, Control of interference, Control processes, Dual-task interference, Dualtasking|
|Publication indicators||: 2015 = 0.733; : 2015 = 1.892 (2) - 2015=1.568 (5)|
|Citation count*||8 (2021-03-08)|
|Dorobek Naukowy - Preview URL||http://dn.swps.edu.pl/Podglad.aspx?WpisID=18155|
|Dorobek Naukowy - Approve URL||http://dn.swps.edu.pl/Biuro/ZatwierdzanieWpisu.aspx?WpisID=18155|
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