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 Künzli

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:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/45900

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