Enhancing visual mental representations: a training study

Ovalle Fresa, Rebecca; Rothen, Nicolas (11 May 2018). Enhancing visual mental representations: a training study (Unpublished). In: International Meeting of the Psychonomic Society. Amsterdam, Netherlands. 10.05.-12.05.2018.

Training can enhance higher cognitive functions (e.g., memory). Due to binary response space 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. Interestingly, improvements in recall precision and probability were not only observed for trained associations but also for novel associations. We conclude that training can also lead to qualitative enhancements of higher cognitive functions.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)


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 12:15

Last Modified:

30 Apr 2019 12:15



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