Continued effects of context reinstatement in recognition

Hanczakowski, M., Zawadzka, K. ORCID: 0000-0003-0214-1184 and Macken, B., 2015. Continued effects of context reinstatement in recognition. Memory & Cognition, 43 (5), pp. 788-797. ISSN 0090-502X

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The context reinstatement effect refers to the enhanced memory performance found when the context information paired with a target item at study is re-­‐presented at test. Here we investigated the consequences of the way context information is processed in such a setting that gives rise to its beneficial effect on item recognition memory. Specifically, we assessed whether reinstating context in a recognition test facilitates subsequent memory for this context beyond facilitation conferred by presentation of the same context with a different study item. Reinstating study context at test led to better accuracy in 2-­‐alternative forced choice recognition for target faces than did re-­‐pairing those faces with another context encountered during the study phase. The advantage for reinstated over re-­‐paired conditions occurred for both within (Experiment 1) and between subjects (Experiment 2) manipulations. Critically, in a subsequent recognition test for the contexts themselves, contexts serving previously in the reinstated condition were recognized better than contexts serving previously in the re-­‐paired context condition. This constitutes the first demonstration of continuous effects of context reinstatement for memory for context.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Memory & Cognition
Creators: Hanczakowski, M., Zawadzka, K. and Macken, B.
Publisher: Springer/The Psychonomic Society
Place of Publication: U.S.A.
Date: 2015
Volume: 43
Number: 5
ISSN: 0090-502X
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 11:09
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:51

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