Psychological Research

, Volume 70, Issue 4, pp 245–261 | Cite as

Response execution, selection, or activation: What is sufficient for response-related repetition effects under task shifting?

  • Ronald HübnerEmail author
  • Michel D. Druey
Original Article


Repetition effects are often helpful in revealing information about mental structures and processes. Usually, positive effects have been observed when the stimuli or responses are repeated. However, in task shift studies it has also been found that response repetitions can produce negative effects if the task shifts. Although several mechanisms have been proposed to account for this interaction between task shifting and response repetition, many details remain open. Therefore, a series of four experiments was conducted to answer two questions. First, are motor responses necessary to produce response-related repetition effects, or is response activation sufficient? Second, does the risk of an accidental re-execution of the last response affect the repetition costs? The results show that response activation alone can produce repetition effects. Furthermore, the risk of accidental response re-execution largely modulates these effects.


Stimulus Onset Asynchrony Repetition Effect Stimulus Category Task Repetition Response Repetition 
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We thank Thomas Kleinsorge, Nachshon Meiran, and Stefanie Schuch for their helpful comments on an earlier version of this paper. This research was supported by a grant from the Universität Konstanz, Germany.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Fachbereich PsychologieUniversität KonstanzKonstanzGermany

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