Cognitive conflicts hurt memory

Friedli, Michèle; Meier, Beat (21 July 2016). Cognitive conflicts hurt memory (Unpublished). In: International Conference in Memory (ICOM). Budapest, Hungary. 17.07.-22.07.2016.

Goal-directed behavior requires both stability and flexibility. In the present study, we investigated the impact of these cognitive control demands on subsequent memory performance with a task switching paradigm. In experiment 1 we used univalent stimuli, in experiment 2 we used bivalent stimuli. In both experiments, recognition memory for switch and repetition stimuli was tested subsequently. During encoding, task switching produced switch costs in both experiments. Critically, subsequent memory was consistently lower for switch compared to repetition stimuli. Thus, flexibility during task switching seemed to hurt the encoding of stimulus-specific information. Consequently, the enhanced demands of task switching are associated with an increased encoding time but lower subsequent memory performance.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)


07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Psychological and Behavioral Health

UniBE Contributor:

Friedli, Michèle and Meier, Beat


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




Michèle Muhmenthaler

Date Deposited:

20 Jun 2017 17:35

Last Modified:

20 Jun 2017 17:35

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Titel im Programm: Task switching hurts memory encoding


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