When looking back to nothing goes back to nothing

Wantz, Andrea Laura; Martarelli, Corinna; Mast, Fred (2016). When looking back to nothing goes back to nothing. Cognitive Processing, 17(1), pp. 105-114. Springer 10.1007/s10339-015-0741-6

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Previous research showed that the eyes revisit the location in which the stimulus has been encoded when visual or verbal information is retrieved from memory. A recent study showed that this behavior still occurs 1 week after encoding, suggesting that visual, spatial and linguistic information is tightly associated with the oculomotor trace and stored as an integrated memory representation. However, it is yet unclear whether looking behavior simply remains stable between encoding and recall or whether it changes over time in a more fine-tuned manner. Here, we investigate the time course of looking behavior during recall in multiple sessions across 1 week. Participants encoded visual objects presented in one of the four locations on the computer screen. In five sessions during the week after encoding, they performed on a visual memory recall task. During retrieval, participants looked back to the encoding location, but only in the recall sessions within 1 day of encoding. We discuss different explanations for the temporal dynamics of looking behavior during recall, searching for the role of eye movements in memory.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Cognitive Psychology, Perception and Methodology
10 Strategic Research Centers > Center for Cognition, Learning and Memory (CCLM)

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Wantz, Andrea Laura; Martarelli, Corinna and Mast, Fred


100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology








Andrea Laura Wantz

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23 Feb 2016 15:47

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