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The influence of observers' sex on attention-demanding performance depends on performers' sex.

Wang L, Tan J, Chen J, Chen A - Front Psychol (2015)

Bottom Line: They alternated their roles in two successive blocks.The results revealed that (1) larger PES effect was observed in females than in males in the interaction context; (2) the sex difference of PES effect mainly benefited from the opposite-sex interaction; (3) larger PES effect was observed in the interaction context than in the individual context; (4) females' performance was influenced after an interaction with a same-sex or opposite-sex partner, whereas males' performance was merely influenced after an interaction with an opposite-sex partner.Taken together, these findings may suggest that (1) interaction context modulates the PES effect differently for females and males; (2) females are more susceptible to social information and hence more effective to adjust the post-error behaviors.

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Affiliation: Key Laboratory of Cognition and Personality of Ministry of Education, School of Psychology, Southwest University , Chongqing, China.

ABSTRACT
Post-error slowing (PES) indicates the slower responses after errors than after correct responses. Prior studies mainly focus on how the observation errors influence one own's performance, there is no study investigating how other's monitoring influence one own's performance. Additionally, the issue that whether social context influences the PES effect differently for females and males is still unclear. To address aforementioned issues, we required the participants to interact with a same-sex or opposite-sex partner to complete a color flanker task together (they sat next to each other, Experiment 1). One was the performer (perform the flanker task), and the other was the observer (monitor the error responses of performer). They alternated their roles in two successive blocks. To further verify the role of the interaction context, a control experiment was conducted in the individual context (Experiment 2). The results revealed that (1) larger PES effect was observed in females than in males in the interaction context; (2) the sex difference of PES effect mainly benefited from the opposite-sex interaction; (3) larger PES effect was observed in the interaction context than in the individual context; (4) females' performance was influenced after an interaction with a same-sex or opposite-sex partner, whereas males' performance was merely influenced after an interaction with an opposite-sex partner. Taken together, these findings may suggest that (1) interaction context modulates the PES effect differently for females and males; (2) females are more susceptible to social information and hence more effective to adjust the post-error behaviors.

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The results of individual context in Experiment 2. (A,B) show the results of RT and accuracy as a function of response type and sex of performer, respectively. Blue bars indicate the mean RT of post-error correct responses (eC, A) or the performance accuracy of post-error trials (B), and red bars indicate the mean RT of post-correct correct responses (cC, A) or the performance accuracy of post-correct trials (B). Error bars denote standard error.
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Figure 4: The results of individual context in Experiment 2. (A,B) show the results of RT and accuracy as a function of response type and sex of performer, respectively. Blue bars indicate the mean RT of post-error correct responses (eC, A) or the performance accuracy of post-error trials (B), and red bars indicate the mean RT of post-correct correct responses (cC, A) or the performance accuracy of post-correct trials (B). Error bars denote standard error.

Mentions: For the RT analyses, the error trials, and trials that the RTs were shorter than 150 ms and longer than 1,000 ms were eliminated. In total, 16.5% of all trials were excluded from RT analysis. The results for PES effect and performance accuracy in the individual context as a function of experimental factors are shown in Figure 4. The results of contrast analysis between interaction and individual contexts are shown in Figures 5 and 6.


The influence of observers' sex on attention-demanding performance depends on performers' sex.

Wang L, Tan J, Chen J, Chen A - Front Psychol (2015)

The results of individual context in Experiment 2. (A,B) show the results of RT and accuracy as a function of response type and sex of performer, respectively. Blue bars indicate the mean RT of post-error correct responses (eC, A) or the performance accuracy of post-error trials (B), and red bars indicate the mean RT of post-correct correct responses (cC, A) or the performance accuracy of post-correct trials (B). Error bars denote standard error.
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Figure 4: The results of individual context in Experiment 2. (A,B) show the results of RT and accuracy as a function of response type and sex of performer, respectively. Blue bars indicate the mean RT of post-error correct responses (eC, A) or the performance accuracy of post-error trials (B), and red bars indicate the mean RT of post-correct correct responses (cC, A) or the performance accuracy of post-correct trials (B). Error bars denote standard error.
Mentions: For the RT analyses, the error trials, and trials that the RTs were shorter than 150 ms and longer than 1,000 ms were eliminated. In total, 16.5% of all trials were excluded from RT analysis. The results for PES effect and performance accuracy in the individual context as a function of experimental factors are shown in Figure 4. The results of contrast analysis between interaction and individual contexts are shown in Figures 5 and 6.

Bottom Line: They alternated their roles in two successive blocks.The results revealed that (1) larger PES effect was observed in females than in males in the interaction context; (2) the sex difference of PES effect mainly benefited from the opposite-sex interaction; (3) larger PES effect was observed in the interaction context than in the individual context; (4) females' performance was influenced after an interaction with a same-sex or opposite-sex partner, whereas males' performance was merely influenced after an interaction with an opposite-sex partner.Taken together, these findings may suggest that (1) interaction context modulates the PES effect differently for females and males; (2) females are more susceptible to social information and hence more effective to adjust the post-error behaviors.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Key Laboratory of Cognition and Personality of Ministry of Education, School of Psychology, Southwest University , Chongqing, China.

ABSTRACT
Post-error slowing (PES) indicates the slower responses after errors than after correct responses. Prior studies mainly focus on how the observation errors influence one own's performance, there is no study investigating how other's monitoring influence one own's performance. Additionally, the issue that whether social context influences the PES effect differently for females and males is still unclear. To address aforementioned issues, we required the participants to interact with a same-sex or opposite-sex partner to complete a color flanker task together (they sat next to each other, Experiment 1). One was the performer (perform the flanker task), and the other was the observer (monitor the error responses of performer). They alternated their roles in two successive blocks. To further verify the role of the interaction context, a control experiment was conducted in the individual context (Experiment 2). The results revealed that (1) larger PES effect was observed in females than in males in the interaction context; (2) the sex difference of PES effect mainly benefited from the opposite-sex interaction; (3) larger PES effect was observed in the interaction context than in the individual context; (4) females' performance was influenced after an interaction with a same-sex or opposite-sex partner, whereas males' performance was merely influenced after an interaction with an opposite-sex partner. Taken together, these findings may suggest that (1) interaction context modulates the PES effect differently for females and males; (2) females are more susceptible to social information and hence more effective to adjust the post-error behaviors.

No MeSH data available.