Brief and rare mental “breaks” keep you focused: Deactivation and reactivation of task goals preempt vigilance decrements

@article{Ariga2011BriefAR,
  title={Brief and rare mental “breaks” keep you focused: Deactivation and reactivation of task goals preempt vigilance decrements},
  author={Atsunori Ariga and Alejandro Lleras},
  journal={Cognition},
  year={2011},
  volume={118},
  pages={439-443}
}
We newly propose that the vigilance decrement occurs because the cognitive control system fails to maintain active the goal of the vigilance task over prolonged periods of time (goal habituation). Further, we hypothesized that momentarily deactivating this goal (via a switch in tasks) would prevent the activation level of the vigilance goal from ever habituating. We asked observers to perform a visual vigilance task while maintaining digits in-memory. When observers retrieved the digits at the… Expand

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