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More conservative go/no-go response criterion under high working memory load

Doneva, Silviya P and De Fockert, Jan W (2014) 'More conservative go/no-go response criterion under high working memory load.' Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 26 (1). pp. 110-117. ISSN 2044-5911

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Abstract

Previous work has shown that the efficiency of selective attention depends on the availability of cognitive control functions, including working memory. Here we examined the role of working memory in another task involving executive control, namely, a go/no-go task. Participants performed the Sustained Attention to Response Task, which requires withholding a prepotent response to an infrequent target, when at the same time placing a low or high load on an unrelated working memory task. Working memory load had the effect of reducing accuracy on the go trials, when at the same time increasing accuracy on the no-go trials. We interpret these findings to suggest that high working memory load led to a shift to a more conservative response criterion.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Go/no-go task, Response criterion, SART, Working memory
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2015 14:13
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2015 14:13
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/14328

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