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. 2006;53(1):48-57.
doi: 10.1027/1618-3169.53.1.48.

Selective Stopping in Task Switching: The Role of Response Selection and Response Execution

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Selective Stopping in Task Switching: The Role of Response Selection and Response Execution

Frederick Verbruggen et al. Exp Psychol. .

Abstract

Recently, several studies stressed the role of response selection in cued task switching. The present study tried to investigate directly the hypothesis that no switch cost can be found when there was no response selection. In two experiments, we combined a cued task switching paradigm with the selective stopping paradigm. Results of the experiments demonstrated that a switch cost was found when participants selected a response, even without response execution. Alternatively, when the response was inhibited without the need of response selection, no switch cost was found. These results provide direct evidence for the distinct role of response selection in cued task switching and suggest that response execution is not a necessary factor to obtain a switch cost.

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