Title

Signaling a Switch: Neural Correlates of Task Switching Guided by Task Cues and Transition Cues

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-2011

Department

Psychology

Abstract

Event-related brain potentials were used to examine the neural correlates of task switching directed by task cues and transition cues. Task cues signal both a change of task set and the task to implement; in contrast, transition cues signal a change of task set but do not indicate the required task. The data from two experiments revealed that the frontal P2 and reconfiguration slow wave were elicited by task and transition cues and may reflect processes associated with the change detector and task set configuration. Experiment 2 revealed that the frontal positivity and transition parietal slow wave are associated with the retrieval of the prior task set from memory. These data indicate that distinct neural processes that are related to the change detector, task set configuration, and the retrieval of a recently utilized task set from memory support task switching that is guided by task and transition cues.

Publication Title

Psychophysiology

DOI

10.1111/j.1469-8986.2010.01123.x