How important is importance for prospective memory?

Walter, Stefan Markus; Meier, Beat (2014). How important is importance for prospective memory? Frontiers in Psychology, 5 Frontiers Research Foundation 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00657

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Forgetting to carry out an intention as planned can have serious consequences in everyday life. People sometimes even forget intentions that they consider as very important. Here, we review the literature on the impact of importance on prospective memory performance. We highlight different methods used to manipulate the importance of a prospective memory task such as providing rewards, importance relative to other ongoing activities, absolute importance, and providing social motives. Moreover, we address the relationship between importance and other factors known to affect prospective memory and ongoing task performance such as type of prospective memory task (time-, event-, or activity-based), cognitive loads, and processing overlaps. Finally, we provide a connection to motivation, we summarize the effects of task importance and we identify important venues for future research.

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: Walter, Stefan Markus and Meier, Beat
Subjects: 100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
ISSN: 1664-1078
Publisher: Frontiers Research Foundation
Language: English
Submitter: Anna Maria Ruprecht
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2014 09:03
Last Modified: 11 Sep 2015 11:12
Publisher DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00657
BORIS DOI: 10.7892/boris.54137

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