ERIC Number: EJ1056089
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
Embodiment Meets Metamemory: Weight as a Cue for Metacognitive Judgments
Alban, Michael W.; Kelley, Colleen M.
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, v39 n5 p1628-1634 Sep 2013
Weight is conceptualized as an embodiment of importance, according to recent research on embodied cognition (Ackerman, Nocera, & Bargh, 2010; Jostmann, Lakens, & Schubert, 2009). Is importance as embodied by weight used as a cue that items are memorable? Four experiments varied participants' perceptual experiences of weight as they studied words and predicted later memory performance via judgments of learning (JOLs) for a recall (Experiment 1) or recognition (Experiments 2-4) memory test. Greater weight was associated with higher JOLs, although weight did not affect actual memory performance. The relationship between weight and JOLs disappeared when participants were primed to think of cases where lightweight is a positive attribute and heavyweight is a negative attribute (Experiment 4). Even cognition about our own cognition is embodied.
Descriptors: Cues, Memory, Metacognition, Schemata (Cognition), Task Analysis, Recall (Psychology), Correlation, Prediction, Vocabulary Development, Attribution Theory, Nouns, Undergraduate Students, Interviews, Tests, Psychology, Perception
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