Beyond monitoring: After-effects of responding to prospective memory targets

Meier, Beat; Rey-Mermet, Alodie (2012). Beyond monitoring: After-effects of responding to prospective memory targets. Consciousness and cognition, 21(4), pp. 1644-1653. Elsevier 10.1016/j.concog.2012.09.003

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Responding to bivalent stimuli (i.e., stimuli with features relevant for different tasks) slows subsequent performance. In prospective memory research, prospective memory targets can be considered as bivalent stimuli because they typically involve features relevant for both the prospective memory task and the ongoing task. The purpose of this study was to investigate how responding to a prospective memory target slows subsequent performance. In two experiments, we embedded the prospective memory task in a task-switching paradigm and we manipulated the degree of task-set overlap between the prospective memory task and the ongoing task. The results showed consistent after-effects of responding to prospective memory targets. The specific trajectory of the slowing depended on the amount of task-set overlap. These results demonstrate that responding to prospective memory targets results in after-effects, a so far neglected cost on ongoing task performance.

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 and Rey-Mermet, Alodie
Subjects: 100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
ISSN: 1053-8100
Publisher: Elsevier
Language: English
Submitter: Andrea Stettler
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2014 10:57
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2017 02:28
Publisher DOI: 10.1016/j.concog.2012.09.003
PubMed ID: 23064406
BORIS DOI: 10.7892/boris.48244
URI: http://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/48244

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