Attention affects prospective memory performance in dichotic listening paradigm

Rothen, Nicolas; Meier, Beat (22 September 2014). Attention affects prospective memory performance in dichotic listening paradigm (Unpublished). In: 49. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie - Vielfalt der Psychologie. Bochum, Deutschland. 21.-25.09.2014.

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The current study was designed to test for the effect of lateralized attention on prospective memory performance in a dichotic listening task. The practice phase of the experiment consisted of a semantic decision task during which the participants were presented with different words on either side via headphones. Depending on the experimental condition the participants were required to focus on the words presented on the left or right side and to decide if these words were abstract or concrete. Thereafter, the participants were informed about the prospective memory task. They were instructed to press a distinct key whenever they hear a word which denotes an animal in the same task later during the experiment. The participants were explicitly informed that the prospective memory cues could appear on either side of the headphones. This was followed by a retention interval which was filled with unrelated tasks. Next, the participants performed the prospective memory task. The results revealed more prospective hits for the attended side. The finding suggests that noticing a prospective memory cue is not an automatic process but requires attention.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)


07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Experimental Psychology and Neuropsychology

UniBE Contributor:

Meier, Beat


100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health




Anna Maria Ruprecht Künzli

Date Deposited:

01 Apr 2015 13:53

Last Modified:

01 Apr 2015 13:53

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Arbeitsgruppe: Remember to be there: New insight into the cognitive, emotional, developmental, and motivational aspects of prospective memory


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