Adjustment of cognitive control to the frequency of dual-task interference

Michał Olszanowski , Natalia Szostak


This study explored whether the control mechanisms recruited for optimising performance are similar for dual-task and interference-task settings. We tested whether the frequency of appearance of a secondary task resulted in an adjustment of anticipatory and reflexive forms of attentional control, as has been observed with other interference tasks (e.g. stroop and flanker). The results of two experiments demonstrated a proportion congruency effect (PCE): when a secondary task frequently appeared, primary task performance was slower. Additionally, there was a relative slowdown of dual-task performance in blocks wherein the secondary task appeared infrequently compared to blocks wherein it appeared frequently. However, this slowdown occurred when the primary task entailed a low level of control (Experiment 1) but was absent when it demanded a high level of control (Experiment 2). Overall, the results suggest that level of control can be adjusted to task demands related to the frequency of the secondary task
Author Michał Olszanowski (Wydział Psychologii)
Michał Olszanowski,,
- Wydział Psychologii
, Natalia Szostak (Wydział Zamiejscowy w Sopocie)
Natalia Szostak,,
- Wydział Zamiejscowy w Sopocie
Journal seriesJournal of Cognitive Psychology, ISSN 2044-5911, (N/A 70 pkt)
Issue year2019
Publication size in sheets0.55
Keywords in EnglishDual-task performance, cognitive control, response competition and interference, control adjustment
ASJC Classification1201 Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous); 3205 Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
Languageen angielski
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Score (nominal)70
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Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2017 = 0.638; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 1.378 (2) - 2017=1.663 (5)
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