Social task switching: On the automatic social engagement of executive functions

Veronica Dudarev*, Ran R. Hassin

*Corresponding author for this work

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Humans are quintessentially social, yet much of cognitive psychology has focused on the individual, in individual settings. The literature on joint action is one of the most prominent exceptions. Joint-action research studies the sociality of our mental representations by examining how the tasks of other people around us affect our own task performance. In this paper we go beyond examining whether we represent others and their tasks, by asking whether we also automatically do their tasks with them, even if they require effortful executive functions. To this end we examine one of the core executive functions, shifting, in a new paradigm that allows us to investigate task-switching in a joint-action setup.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)223-228
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by a scholarship from the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption of Israel (to V. Dudarev).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2015 Elsevier B.V..


  • Automatic executive functions
  • Joint action
  • Shifting
  • Social cognition
  • Task-switching


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