Training improves recall precision for colours of novel objects

Ovalle Fresa, Rebecca; Rothen, Nicolas (12 March 2018). Training improves recall precision for colours of novel objects (Unpublished). In: 60th Conference of Experimental Psychologists (60. TeaP). Marburg, Germany. 11.03.-14.03.2018.

Training can enhance higher cognitive functions (e.g., memory). Due to binary response paradigms, enhancements are almost exclusively observed on quantitative levels (e.g., probability of successful recall from memory). However, it remains to be elucidated if training can also result in qualitative enhancements (e.g., precision of recalled memory representations). Using an object-color association task and a mixture modeling approach to estimate recall precision and recall probability, we investigated if training can enhance color representations in visual long-term memory (VLTM). Over the course of several training sessions, participants learnt specific object-color associations. Thereafter, participants’ recall abilities were tested for novel object-color associations. Recall precision and probability improved for the specific object-color associations over the course of the training. Crucially, enhanced recall precision and probability were also observed for novel object-color associations after the training. A control group confirmed that the effect was due to training and not due to test repetition. We conclude that cognitive training can also improve qualitative aspects of human cognition.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)


07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Ovalle Fresa-Bretscher, Rebecca and Rothen, Nicolas


100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology




Rebecca Ovalle Fresa-Bretscher

Date Deposited:

30 Apr 2019 12:07

Last Modified:

30 Apr 2019 12:07


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