Is task interference in event-based prospective memory dependent on cue presentation?

Loft, Shayne, Kearney, Rebecca and Roger Remington (2008) Is task interference in event-based prospective memory dependent on cue presentation?. Memory & Cognition, 36 1: 139-148. doi:10.3758/MC.36.1.139


Author Loft, Shayne
Kearney, Rebecca
Roger Remington
Title Is task interference in event-based prospective memory dependent on cue presentation?
Journal name Memory & Cognition   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0090-502X
Publication date 2008-01-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3758/MC.36.1.139
Open Access Status
Volume 36
Issue 1
Start page 139
End page 148
Total pages 10
Editor MacLeod, Colin
Place of publication United States
Publisher Psychonomic Society, Inc.
Language eng
Subject C1
170201 Computer Perception, Memory and Attention
970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Abstract Whether having an intention produces a performance cost to ongoing activities (task interference) is central to theoretical claims regarding the mechanisms underlying cue detection in event-based prospective memory. Recent evidence suggests that task interference primarily reflects an attention allocation policy stored in memory when intentions are encoded. The present study examined whether these policies can change with ongoing task experience. In Experiment 1, task interference was more greatly reduced when expected cues were not presented than when they were. Experiment 2 replicated this effect when the importance of the prospective memory task was emphasized. In Experiment 3, task interference decreased with time, and this decrease was greater when expected cues were not presented than when they were. Cue presentation is crucial to maintenance of attention allocation policies established by task instructions. This is the first article to demonstrate changes in task interference with ongoing task experience without forewarning individuals of the relevance of upcoming ongoing task trials to intentions.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: 2009 Higher Education Research Data Collection
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