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Author (up) Gathmann, B.; Brand, M.; Schiebener, J. file  url
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  Title One executive function never comes alone: monitoring and its relation to working memory, reasoning, and different executive functions Type Journal Article
  Year 2017 Publication Cognitive Processing Abbreviated Journal Cogn Process  
  Volume 18 Issue 1 Pages 13-29  
  Keywords Adult; Executive Function/*physiology; Humans; Memory, Short-Term/*physiology; Thinking/*physiology; Balanced Switching Task; Cognitive control; Executive functions; Monitoring; Working memory  
  Abstract Monitoring is involved in many daily tasks and is described in several theoretical approaches of executive functioning. This study investigated the relative relationship of cognitive processes that are theoretically relevant to monitoring, such as concept formation, reasoning, working memory, and general cognitive control functions. Data from 699 participants who performed the Balanced Switching Task, aiming at capturing monitoring, were used. Subsamples also performed standard tasks assessing the processes assumed to be related to monitoring. Structural equation modeling revealed that general cognitive control processes are particularly relevant. They mediate the relationship between working memory, reasoning, and monitoring. Updating and maintaining information, as well as concluding from information which strategies can guide behavior toward predefined goals, is required for the ability to exert general cognitive control, which again may be relevant for implementing strategies in a goal-directed way. Together, these processes seem to be necessary to adequately monitor behavior in complex tasks.  
  Call Number Serial 2009  
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