A conflict monitoring account of the control mechanisms involved in dual-tasking

Michał Olszanowski , Maria Teresa Bajo , Arnaud Szmalec


​The 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.
Author Michał Olszanowski (Wydział Psychologii)
Michał Olszanowski,,
- Wydział Psychologii
, Maria Teresa Bajo
Maria Teresa Bajo,,
, Arnaud Szmalec
Arnaud Szmalec,,
Journal seriesJournal of Cognitive Psychology, ISSN 2044-5911, (A 20 pkt)
Issue year2015
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in EnglishConflict monitoring, Control of interference, Control processes, Dual-task interference, Dualtasking
ASJC Classification1201 Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous); 3205 Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/20445911.2015.1022553
Languageen angielski
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Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2015 = 0.733; WoS Impact Factor: 2015 = 1.892 (2) - 2015=1.568 (5)
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