Grange, JA, Kedra, P and Walker, A (2019) The effect of practice on inhibition in task switching: Controlling for episodic retrieval. Acta Psychologica, 192. 59 - 72. ISSN 1873-6297

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Previous work has shown that extended practice leads to a reduction in a key measure of cognitive inhibition during task switching: The n-2 task repetition cost. However, it has been demonstrated that this n-2 task repetition cost is increased by a non-inhibitory process-namely episodic retrieval-raising the question of whether the observed reduction of the cost with practice is driven by a reduction in inhibition, episodic retrieval effects, or a combination of both. The current study addresses this question by utilising a practice protocol using a task switching paradigm capable of controlling for episodic retrieval. The results showed a reduction in the n-2 task repetition cost with extended practice. The results also showed a clear increase of the n-2 task repetition cost due to episodic retrieval effects. The reduction of the cost with practice was driven by a reduction in inhibition and episodic retrieval contributions to the cost with practice, although there was a larger reduction in the episodic retrieval contribution with practice. The results are discussed with reference to current theoretical models of inhibition in task switching, which need to accommodate episodic retrieval and practice effects.

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Additional Information: This is the accepted author manuscript (AAM). The final published version (version of record) is available online via Elsevier at - please refer to any applicable terms of use of the publisher.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Task switching; Cognitive control; Inhibition; Episodic retrieval
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Psychology
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Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2019 12:19
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2019 01:30

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