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Stimulus-response bindings contribute to item switch costs in working memory.
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PMID:  19838725     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In counter updating tasks, responses are typically faster when items repeat than when they change (item switch costs). The present study explored the contribution of stimulus-response bindings to these item switch costs. In two experiments, we orthogonally manipulated the repetition/switch of to-be-counted items and the repetition/switch of required manual responses. Item switch costs were considerably lower when item switches were accompanied by response switches than when accompanied by response repetitions. Experiment 2 showed that, although there was also a smaller contribution from stimulus-stimulus bindings (i.e., shape-location), the major part was due to stimulus-response bindings. These results show that in the widely used standard version of the counter updating task, a considerable portion of item switch costs is caused by the unbinding of stimulus-response bindings rather than by processes of switching items in working memory.
Markus Janczyk; Wilfried Kunde
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2009-10-17
Journal Detail:
Title:  Psychological research     Volume:  74     ISSN:  1430-2772     ISO Abbreviation:  Psychol Res     Publication Date:  2010 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-05-13     Completed Date:  2010-09-01     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0435062     Medline TA:  Psychol Res     Country:  Germany    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  370-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, Dortmund University of Technology, Emil-Figge-Strasse 50, 44227 Dortmund, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Conditioning, Classical*
Memory, Short-Term*
Reaction Time

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