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Go/no-go tasks are widely used in psychology as measures of inhibition, mind-wandering, and impulsivity, but relatively little research has explored the impact that task manipulations have on task performance and measurement of the intended psychological constructs. Experiment 1 investigated the differences between perceptual and semantic versions of go/no-go tasks and how task performance relates to individual differences in working memory capacity (WMC), a widely-studied cognitive construct. The type of decision performed on the go/no-go stimuli influenced performance, but not the relationship with WMC. Experiment 2 examined the potential of inter-stimulus interval (ISI), which influenced go/no-go performance, along with the relationships with WMC. However, the type of decision had effects on performance above and beyond that of the ISI. The results are discussed in relation to the psychological literature using go/no-go tasks as behavioral indices of inhibition and mind-wandering, and in the context of previous investigations of individual differences in WMC.
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Name: Consciousness and cognition
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The observation and analysis of movements in a task with an emphasis on the amount of time required to perform the task.
The construction or arrangement of a task so that it may be done with the greatest possible efficiency.
Simultaneous task performance, or switching between tasks in a concentrated period of time.
A procedure consisting of a sequence of algebraic formulas and/or logical steps to calculate or determine a given task.
The detailed examination of observable activity or behavior associated with the execution or completion of a required function or unit of work.