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Cognitive control in number processing: new evidence from number compatibility effects in task-switching

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posted on 10.02.2022, 11:47 by Andreas Schliephake, Julia BahnmuellerJulia Bahnmueller, Klaus Willmes, Iring Koch, Korbinian MoellerKorbinian Moeller
A growing body of research suggests that basic numerical abilities such as number magnitude processing are influenced by cognitive control processes. So far, evidence for number processing being affected by cognitive control processes stems primarily from observed adaptations of numerical effects to stimulus set characteristics (e.g., order or ratio of specific stimulus types). Complementing previous research on adaptation to stimulus set characteristics as an index of influences of cognitive control, the present study employed a task-switching paradigm to examine how cognitive control processes influence number processing. Participants were presented with a two-digit number and had to either judge its parity or compare its magnitude to a standard depending on a preceding cue. We expected numerical congruency effects (i.e., the unit-decade compatibility effect for magnitude comparisons and the parity congruity effect for parity judgements) to be larger in switch trials, as persisting activation of the task set of the preceding trial should increase interference. In contrast to our expectations, both numerical congruity effects were reduced following task switches as compared to repetitions. This interaction of task-switching with numerical congruency effects suggests an influence of cognitive control on basic number processing in form of persisting inhibition of previously abandoned task sets, so that these exert less influence on current number processing demands.

Funding

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) under Grant Agreement No[HU 2359/2-1]

History

School

  • Science

Department

  • Mathematics Education Centre

Published in

Cognitive Processing

Volume

23

Issue

2

Pages

191-202

Publisher

Springer

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The Authors

Publisher statement

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Springer under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence (CC BY 4.0). Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Acceptance date

08/01/2022

Publication date

2022-02-08

Copyright date

2022

ISSN

1612-4782

eISSN

1612-4790

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Julia Bahnmuller. Deposit date: 11 January 2022