Effects of pre-experimental knowledge on recognition memory

Bird, Chris M, Davies, Rachel A, Ward, Jamie and Burgess, Neil (2011) Effects of pre-experimental knowledge on recognition memory. Learning & Memory, 18 (1). pp. 11-14. ISSN 1072-0502

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Abstract

The influence of pre-experimental autobiographical knowledge on recognition memory was investigated using as memoranda faces that were either personally known or unknown to the participant. Under a dual process theory, such knowledge boosted both recollection- and familiarity-based recognition judgements. Under an unequal variance signal detection model, pre-experimental knowledge increased both the variance and the separation of the target and foil memory strength distributions, boosting hits and correct rejections. Thus, pre-experimental knowledge has profound effects on the multiple, interacting processes that subserve recognition memory, and likely in the neural systems that underpin them.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Jamie Ward
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:51
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2012 11:53
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/14754
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