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disengagement of an irrelevant task set and subsequent engagement of a relevant task set despite interference and/or priming


mental set shifting, task set reconfiguration

Definition contributed by Anonymous

Asserted relationships to other concepts

set shifting
is a kind of

  • task switching
  • set shifting
    is a part of

    No associations
    are a kind of
    set shifting

    No associations
    are a part of
    set shifting

  • decision making
  • inhibition
  • Tasks that are asserted to measure set shifting

    Task Contrast Measure

    Uznadze haptic illusion task
    • same size-different size

    • switch trial - repeat trial = switch cost

    extradimensional shift task
    • accuracy of subject minus average accuracy of controls

    intradimensional shift task
    • accuracy of subject minus average accuracy of controls

    set-shifting task
    • accuracy of participant minus average accuracy of controls

    same-different task
    • Accuracy on level 3 minus accuracy on level 1

    Wisconsin card sorting test
    • Total number of categories acheived
    • Failure to maintain set


    The unity and diversity of executive functions and their contributions to complex
    Miyake A, Friedman NP, Emerson MJ, Witzki AH, Howerter A, Wager TD
    Cognitive psychology (Cogn Psychol)
    2000 Aug