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The process of switching from one task or goal to another, depending on the context or instructions, that is, the process of switching between task sets.
Executive/Cognitive Control
KVisscher about four years ago.

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Tasks that are asserted to measure task switching

TaskContrast Measure

set-shifting task
  • accuracy of participant minus average accuracy of controls
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  • perservative errors minus nonperservative errors
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Wisconsin card sorting test
  • Perseverative errors
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User Discussion


"Please note - this page is for the mental concept of task switching, which should be defined as a mental function. the task defined as "task switching" has a separate page. I have edited the definition accordingly."
RPoldrack (about seven years ago)

Term History

REVISION 4

Definition contributed by GWylie about seven years ago:The process of switching from one task or goal to another, depending on the context or instructions.

REVISION 3

Definition contributed by RPoldrack about seven years ago:The process of switching between two different tasks or goals depending on the context or instructions.

REVISION 2

Definition contributed by DLau about seven years ago:A task in which participants alternate between two or more judgments typically regarding the same set of stimuli. Accuracy and reaction time are measured for each judgment. An individual's ability to switch between two different tasks or goals depending on the context.

REVISION 1

Definition contributed by ALenartowicz about eight years ago:A task in which participants alternate between two or more judgments typically regarding the same set of stimuli. Accuracy and reaction time are measured for each judgment.

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