Task switching across the life span : effects of age on general and specific switch costs
Reimers, Stian and Maylor, Elizabeth A.. (2005) Task switching across the life span : effects of age on general and specific switch costs. Development Psychology, Vol.41 (No.4). pp. 661-671. ISSN 0012-1649Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/0012-16184.108.40.2061
The authors investigated age-related changes in executive control using an Internet-based task-switching experiment with 5,271 participants between the ages of 10 and 66 years. Speeded face categorization was required on the basis of gender (G) or emotion (E) in single task blocks (GGG... and EEE...) or switching blocks (GGEEGGEE...). General switch costs, the difference between switching block and single task block performance, decreased during development and then increased approximately linearly from age 18. In contrast, specific switch costs, the difference between switch trial and nonswitch trial performance in the switching block, were more stable across the same age range. These results demonstrate differential age effects in task-switching performance and provide a fine-grained analysis of switch costs from puberty to retirement.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Science > Psychology|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Cognition — Age factors , Face perception, Human information processing -- Age factors , Internet in experimental psychology|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Development Psychology|
|Publisher:||American Psychological Association/Educational Publishing Foundation|
|Number of Pages:||11|
|Page Range:||pp. 661-671|
|Funder:||Economic and Social Research Council (Great Britain) (ESRC)|
|Grant number:||L328253039 (ESRC)|
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