Cognitive Control in the Generation of Random Sequences: A Computational Study of Secondary Task Effects


Cognitive control processes, such as those involved in response inhibition or task switching, have been the focus of much recent research. Few studies, however, have considered how such processes work together in tasks that require multiple control processes. This paper reports a computational study of random sequence generation and the cognitive control processes involved therein. The task, which is argued to involve multiple control processes, produces several dependent measures. These measures are held to be differentially dependent on the differential efficacy of the various underlying control processes. Initial simulations demonstrate that the model is capable of reproducing subject performance on the basic task. Additional simulations explore differential interference effects of different secondary tasks (held to interfere with different control processes) on the different random generation dependent measures. The work illustrates how the putative control processes may interact in the production of successive responses during the random generation task.

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