Psychophysiology of prospective memory

Rothen, Nicolas; Meier, Beat (2013). Psychophysiology of prospective memory. Memory, 22(7), pp. 1-14. Psychology Press 10.1080/09658211.2013.847106

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Prospective memory involves the self-initiated retrieval of an intention upon an appropriate retrieval cue. Cue identification can be considered as an orienting reaction and may thus trigger a psychophysiological response. Here we present two experiments in which skin conductance responses (SCRs) elicited by prospective memory cues were compared to SCRs elicited by aversive stimuli to test whether a single prospective memory cue triggers a similar SCR as an aversive stimulus. In Experiment 2 we also assessed whether cue specificity had a differential influence on prospective memory performance and on SCRs. We found that detecting a single prospective memory cue is as likely to elicit a SCR as an aversive stimulus. Missed prospective memory cues also elicited SCRs. On a behavioural level, specific intentions led to better prospective memory performance. However, on a psychophysiological level specificity had no influence. More generally, the results indicate reliable SCRs for prospective memory cues and point to psychophysiological measures as valuable approach, which offers a new way to study one-off prospective memory tasks. Moreover, the findings are consistent with a theory that posits multiple prospective memory retrieval stages.

Item Type: Journal Article (Original Article)
Division/Institute: 07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Experimental Psychology and Neuropsychology
10 Strategic Research Centers > Center for Cognition, Learning and Memory (CCLM)
UniBE Contributor: Meier, Beat
Subjects: 100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
ISSN: 0965-8211
Publisher: Psychology Press
Language: English
Submitter: Anna Maria Ruprecht
Date Deposited: 21 May 2014 10:53
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2015 10:39
Publisher DOI: 10.1080/09658211.2013.847106
PubMed ID: 24138288
BORIS DOI: 10.7892/boris.45900
URI: http://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/45900

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