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Distraction Control Processes in Free Recall: Benefits and Costs to Performance
University of Central Lancashire, England; University of Gavle, Sweden.
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences, Cognition, Development and Disability. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. University of Gavle, Sweden.
University of Laval, Canada; Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales.
University of Reading, England.
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2015 (English)In: Journal of Experimental Psychology. Learning, Memory and Cognition, ISSN 0278-7393, E-ISSN 1939-1285, Vol. 41, no 1, 118-133 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

How is semantic memory influenced by individual differences under conditions of distraction? This question was addressed by observing how participants recalled visual target words-drawn from a single category-while ignoring spoken distractor words that were members of either the same or a different (single) category. Working memory capacity (WMC) was related to disruption only with synchronous, not asynchronous, presentation, and distraction was greater when the words were presented synchronously. Subsequent experiments found greater negative priming of distractors among individuals with higher WMC, but this may be dependent on targets and distractors being comparable category exemplars. With less dominant category members as distractors, target recall was impaired-relative to controlonly among individuals with low WMC. The results highlight the role of cognitive control resources in target-distractor selection and the individual-specific cost implications of such cognitive control.

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American Psychological Association , 2015. Vol. 41, no 1, 118-133 p.
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auditory distraction; working memory capacity; free recall; negative priming; inhibition
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Basic Medicine
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-114248DOI: 10.1037/a0037779ISI: 000347707700007PubMedID: 25329080OAI: diva2:788647

Funding Agencies|Economic and Social Research Council [RES-062-23-1752]; Swedish Research Council [2010-2042]; European Network on Noise and Health grant

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