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Friday, March 17 • 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Easel 55: The Relationship of Working Memory Capacity, Response Inhibition, and Perceptual Speed on Task-Switching Ability

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Everyday life involves frequent shifts of attention between different cognitive tasks and activities. When participants are exposed to a task-switching experiment, responses tend to be substantially slower and usually more error-prone when randomly presented with the direction to switch tasks. This is called the switch cost, and we are interested in the mechanisms that underlie this cost and the ability to perform a task-switching task. We believe that heightened response inhibition, working memory, and/or perceptual speed work together to compose an individual’s ability to shift attention and that performance on these tasks will act as a predictor of performance on a task-switching paradigm. As a result, we have created a study to test this hypothesis. If participants have high levels of response inhibition and a large working memory capacity, we believe that they will respond more accurately and quicker given varying trial times.


Friday March 17, 2017 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Leyburn Library

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