Title

Concurrent Task Effects on Memory Retrieval

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-2003

Keywords

Stimulus Onset Asynchrony, Free Recall, Memory Retrieval, Divided Attention, Concurrent Task

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.3758/BF03196472

Abstract

Previous studies combining continuous free recall with a concurrent task have generally shown that concurrent tasks impose fairly negligible effects on memory retrieval. By contrast, dual-task studies employing either cued recall or semantic retrieval reveal gross memory impairment and suggest that retrieval is delayed by the centrally demanding phase of the concurrent tasks (i.e., response selection). To explore this conflict, subjects performed continuous free recall while carrying out a serial-choice#x2014; response time (RT) task, as in the previous free recall studies. Unlike these previous studies, however, the choice#x2014;RT task utilized arbitrary stimulus#x2014;response mappings in order to increase the proportion of time devoted to the centrally demanding response selection phase. Recall total was reduced significantly, and recall latency was slowed substantially.

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Citation / Publisher Attribution

Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, v. 10, issue 1, p. 96-103

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