Task switching and the measurement of "switch costs".

  title={Task switching and the measurement of "switch costs".},
  author={Glenn Wylie and Alan Allport},
  journal={Psychological research},
  volume={63 3-4},
The measurement of "switch costs" is held to be of interest because, as is widely believed, they may reflect the control processes that are engaged when subjects switch between two (or more) competing tasks. [In task-switching experiments, the reaction time (RT) switch cost is typically measured as the difference in RT between switch and non-switch (repeat) trials.] In this report we focus on the RT switch costs that remain even after the subject has had some time to prepare for the shift of… CONTINUE READING
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