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Effects of ongoing task context and target typicality on prospective memory performance: the importance of associative cueingTwo experiments examined whether prospective memory performance is influenced by contextual cues. In our automatic activation model, any information available at encoding and retrieval should aid recall of the prospective task. The first experiment demonstrated an effect of the ongoing task context; performance was better when information about the ongoing task present at retrieval was available at encoding. Performance was also improved by a strong association between the prospective memory target as it was presented at retrieval and the intention as it was encoded. Experiment 2 demonstrated boundary conditions of the ongoing task context effect, which implicate the association between the ongoing and prospective tasks formed at encoding as the source of the context effect. The results of this study are consistent with predictions based on automatic activation of intentions.
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Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Nowinski, Jessica Lang (NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA United States)
Dismukes, Key R.
Date Acquired
August 23, 2013
Publication Date
August 1, 2005
Publication Information
Publication: Memory (Hove, England)
Volume: 13
Issue: 6
ISSN: 0965-8211
Subject Category
Life Sciences (General)
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