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Mental Effort

  • By: Joseph T. McGuire, Jonathan D. Cohen & Matthew M. Botvinick
  • In: Encyclopedia of the Mind
  • Edited by: Harold Pashler
  • Subject:Linguistics (general), Cognitive Psychology (general)

Mental effort refers to the intensity of a person's engagement with a cognitive task. High-effort situations are associated with high load on attention and executive control mechanisms, as distinct from situations in which cognitive processing is more automatic. Committing more effort ...