Task Switching and Cognitive Control

Hardcover | June 6, 2014

EditorJames Grange, George Houghton

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One thing that separates human beings from the rest of the animal world is our ability to control behavior by referencing internal plans, goals, and rules. This ability, which is crucial to our success in a complex social environment, depends on the purposeful generation of "task sets" -states of mental readiness that allow each of us to engage with the world in a particular way or achieve a particular aim.This book reports the latest research regarding the activation, maintenance, and suppression of task sets. Chapters from many of the world's leading researchers in task switching and cognitive control investigate key issues in the field, from how we select the most relevant task when presented withdistracting alternatives, to how we maintain focus on a task ("eyes on the prize") and switch to a new one when our goals or external circumstances change. Chapters also explore the brain structures responsible for these abilities, how they develop during childhood, and whether they decline due tonormal aging or neurological disorders. Of interest especially to scholars and students of cognitive psychology, the volume offers thorough, multi-disciplinary coverage of contemporary research and theories concerning this fundamental yet mysterious aspect of human brain function and behavior.

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One thing that separates human beings from the rest of the animal world is our ability to control behavior by referencing internal plans, goals, and rules. This ability, which is crucial to our success in a complex social environment, depends on the purposeful generation of "task sets" -states of mental readiness that allow each of us ...

James A. Grange is Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology at Keele University, UK. His research program focuses on cognitive control during task switching and addresses inhibitory control primarily. George Houghton is Senior Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology at Bangor University, Wales, UK. His research focuses on cognitive control of mental ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:June 6, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199921954

ISBN - 13:9780199921959

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1. James A. Grange and George Houghton: Task Switching and Cognitive Control: An Introduction2. Darryl W. Schneider and Gordon D. Logan: Tasks, Task Sets, and the Mapping Between Them3. Nachshon Meiran: The Task-Cuing Paradigm: A User's Guide4. Paloma Mari-Beffa and Alexander Kirkham: The Mixing Cost as a Measure of Cognitive Control5. Erik M. Altmann: The Extended Runs Procedure and Restart Cost6. Catherine M. Arrington, Kaitlin M. Reiman, and Starla M. Weaver: Voluntary Task Wwitching7. Miriam Gade, Stefanie Schuch, Michel Duey, and Iring Koch: Inhibitory Control in Task Switching8. James A. Grange and George Houghton: Models of Cognitive Control in Task Switching9. Frini Karayanidis and Sharna D. Jamadar: Event-related Potentials Reveal Multiple Components of Proactive and Reactive Control in Task Switching10. Franziska R. Richter and Nick Yeung: Neuroimaging Studies of Task Switching11. Abhijit Das and Glenn R. Wylie: Task Switching and Executive Dysfunction12. Susan M. Ravizza and Ruth E. Salo: Task Switching in Psychiatric Disorders13. Sabine Peters and Eveline A. Crone: Cognitive Flexibility in Childhood and Adolescence14. Jutta Kray and Nicola K. Ferdinand: Task Switching and Aging