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Executive control and working memory are involved in sub-second repetitive motor timing
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet. (Ullén Laboratory)
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5366-1169
2017 (English)In: Experimental Brain Research, ISSN 0014-4819, E-ISSN 1432-1106, Vol. 235, no 3, 787-798 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The nature of the relationship between timing and cognition remains poorly understood. Cognitive control is known to be involved in discrete timing tasks involving durations above 1 s, but has not yet been demonstrated for repetitive motor timing below 1 s. We examined the latter in two continuation tapping experiments, by varying the cognitive load in a concurrent task. In Experiment 1, participants repeated a fixed three finger sequence (low executive load) or a pseudorandom sequence (high load) with either 524-, 733-, 1024- or 1431-ms inter-onset intervals (IOIs). High load increased timing variability for 524 and 733-ms IOIs but not for the longer IOIs. Experiment 2 attempted to replicate this finding for a concurrent memory task. Participants retained three letters (low working memory load) or seven letters (high load) while producing intervals (524- and 733-ms IOIs) with a drum stick. High load increased timing variability for both IOIs. Taken together, the experiments demonstrate that cognitive control processes influence sub-second repetitive motor timing.

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2017. Vol. 235, no 3, 787-798 p.
Keyword [en]
Timing, Dual task, Executive functions, Working memory, Continuation tapping, Isochronous interval production, Random action generation
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Psychology Neurosciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-129483DOI: 10.1007/s00221-016-4839-6ISI: 000395068900013Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84996607126OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-129483DiVA: diva2:1061068
Available from: 2016-12-30 Created: 2016-12-30 Last updated: 2017-04-18Bibliographically approved

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