Dumontheil, I; Gilbert, SJ; Burgess, PW; Otten, LJ; (2010) Neural correlates of task and source switching: Similar or different? Biological Psychiatry , 83 (3) 239 - 249. 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2010.01.008.
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Controlling everyday behaviour relies on the ability to configure appropriate task sets and guide attention towards information relevant to the current context and goals. Here, we ask whether these two aspects of cognitive control have different neural bases. Electrical brain activity was recorded while sixteen adults performed two discrimination tasks. The tasks were performed on either a visual input (letter on the screen) or self-generated information (letter generated internally by continuing the alphabetical sequence). In different blocks, volunteers either switched between (i) the two tasks, (ii) the two sources of information, or (iii) tasks and source of information. Event-related potentials differed significantly between switch and no-switch trials from an early point in time, encompassing at least three distinct effects. Crucially, although these effects showed quantitative differences across switch types, no qualitative differences were observed. Thus, at least under the current circumstances, switching between different tasks and between perceptually derived or self-generated sources of information rely on similar neural correlates until at least 900 ms after the onset of a switch event.
|Title:||Neural correlates of task and source switching: Similar or different?|
|Open access status:||An open access publication. A version is also available from UCL Discovery.|
|Additional information:||This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivative Works License (CC BY-NC-ND), which permits non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.|
|Keywords:||Event-related potentials, executive functions, cognitive control, task switching, internal/external, event-related potentials, visual dimension changes, anterior prefrontal cortex, dynamic cognitive control, working-memory, individual-differences, utilization behavior, frontopolar cortex, response changes, frontal lobes|
|UCL classification:||UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Psychology and Language Sciences (Division of) > Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience|
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