Title

Improving Memory After Environmental Context Change: A Strategy of “Preinstatement”

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-2013

Keywords

Preinstatement, Context dependent memory, Environmental reinstatement, Free recall

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.3758%2Fs13423-013-0383-6

Abstract

A change in environmental context between study and test can produce detrimental effects on memory. For instance, when a change in the environment occurs after an event, memory for the event declines. However, the negative effects of context change can be eliminated when participants are provided with contextual cues. Here, we report that, as predicted by the Lehman–Malmberg model (Lehman & Malmberg Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition 35(4):970, 2009, Psychological Review, 2012), participants can overcome a change in the environment by recalling the future test environment while studying, a strategy referred to as preinstatement.

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Citation / Publisher Attribution

Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, v. 20, issue 3, p. 528-533

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