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That's what task sets are for: Shielding against irrelevant information

Dreisbach, Gesine ; Haider, Hilde


Goal-directed behavior requires the cognitive system to distinguish between relevant and irrelevant information. The authors show that task sets help to shield the system from irrelevant information. Participants had to respond to eight different colored word stimuli under different instruction conditions. They either had to learn the stimulus–response mappings (SR condition), to use one task set ...


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