“In three experiments, the authors provided evidence that the subjective experience that a task is difficult to perfom in a high-demand context plays a role in shaping the preference for a low-demand context. They conclude that the avoidance of cognitive demand depends on the metacognitive appreciation of the difference in cognitive demand” (Desender et al., 2017)
The results of this study, conducted by Kobe Desender, Cristian Buc Calderon, Filip Van Opstal and Eva Van den Bussche have been recently published in Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance.
Desender, K., Buc Calderon, C., Van Opstal, F., & Van den Bussche, E. (2017). Avoiding the conflict: Metacognitive awareness drives the selection of low-demand contexts Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance.
The article is available Here