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

Doneva, Silviya and De Fockert, J. 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 [Article]

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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.

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Go/no-go task, Response criterion, SART, Working memory

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25 Oct 2013 17:16

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30 Jun 2017 14:58

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