Is there evidence for cross-domain congruency sequence effect? A replication of Kan et al. (2013)

Aczel, Balazs, Kovacs, Marton, Bognar, Miklos, Palfi, Bence, Hartanto, Andree, Onie, Sandersan, Tiong, Lucas E and Evans, Thomas Rhys (2021) Is there evidence for cross-domain congruency sequence effect? A replication of Kan et al. (2013). Royal Society Open Science, 8 (3). a191353 1-14. ISSN 2054-5703

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Abstract

Exploring the mechanisms of cognitive control is central to understanding how we control our behaviour. These mechanisms can be studied in conflict paradigms, which require the inhibition of irrelevant responses to perform the task. It has been suggested that in these tasks, the detection of conflict enhances cognitive control resulting in improved conflict resolution of subsequent trials. If this is the case, then this so-called congruency sequence effect can be expected to occur in cross-domain tasks. Previous research on the domain-generality of the effect presented inconsistent results. In this study, we provide a multi-site replication of three previous experiments of Kan et al. (Kan IP, Teubner-Rhodes S, Drummey AB, Nutile L, Krupa L, Novick JM 2013 Cognition 129, 637-651) which test congruency sequence effect between very different domains: from a syntactic to a non-syntactic domain (Experiment 1), and from a perceptual to a verbal domain (Experiments 2 and 3). Despite all our efforts, we found only partial support for the claims of the original study. With a single exception, we could not replicate the original findings; the data remained inconclusive or went against the theoretical hypothesis. We discuss the compatibility of the results with alternative theoretical frameworks.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: cognitive control, conflict adaptation, domain-generality, replication
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
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Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2021 09:22
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2021 13:38
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/101596

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