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Interruption of the Tower of London task: support for a goal-activation approach

Hodgetts, Helen Mary and Jones, Dylan Marc ORCID: 2006. Interruption of the Tower of London task: support for a goal-activation approach. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General 135 (1) , pp. 103-115. 10.1037/0096-3445.135.1.103

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Unexpected interruptions introduced during the execution phase of simple Tower of London problems incurred a time cost when the interrupted goal was retrieved, and this cost was exacerbated the longer the goal was suspended. Furthermore, time taken to retrieve goals was greater following a more complex interruption, indicating the processing limitations may be as important as time-based limitations in determining the ease of goal retrieval. Such findings cannot simply be attributed to task-switching costs and are evaluated in relation to current models of goal memory (E. M. Altmann & G. J. Trafton, 2002; J. R. Anderson & S. Douglass, 2001), which provide a useful basis for the investigation and interpretation of interruption effects.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Publisher: American Psychological Association
ISSN: 0096-3445
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2022 09:29

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