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ERIC Number: EJ934355
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 56
ISSN: ISSN-0096-1523
When Distractors and To-Be-Remembered Items Compete for the Control of Action: A New Perspective on Serial Memory for Spatial Information
Guerard, Katherine; Tremblay, Sebastien
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, v37 n3 p834-843 Jun 2011
In serial memory for spatial information, performance is impaired when distractors are interpolated between to-be-remembered (TBR) stimuli (Tremblay, Nicholls, Parmentier, & Jones, 2005). The so-called sandwich effect, combined with the use of eye tracking, served as a tool for examining the role of the oculomotor system in serial memory for spatial information. Participants had to recall the order in which sequences of TBR locations were presented. In some trials, to-be-ignored blue dots were presented after each TBR location. Our results show that response locations shift toward the location of the distractors, and this deviation is related to the eye movement deviation toward the distractor location. These results suggest that TBR and to-be-ignored locations are encoded onto a common map that could lie within the oculomotor system. Interference in memory for spatial information is interpreted in light of a model of oculomotor behavior (Godijn & Theeuwes, 2002b). (Contains 6 figures and 1 footnote.)
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Language: English
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