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The representation of response effector and response location in episodic memory for newly acquired actions: Evidence from retrieval-induced forgetting / Irene Reppa; E. Rhian Worth; W. James Greville; Jo Saunders

Acta Psychologica, Volume: 143, Issue: 2, Pages: 210 - 217

Swansea University Author: Reppa, Irene

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Information retrieval can cause forgetting for related but non-retrieved information. Such retrieval-inducedforgetting (RIF) has been previously found for semantically and episodically related information. The currentstudy used RIF to examine whether response effector and location are encoded explic...

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Published in: Acta Psychologica
ISSN: 0001-6918
Published: 2013
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa14643
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Abstract: Information retrieval can cause forgetting for related but non-retrieved information. Such retrieval-inducedforgetting (RIF) has been previously found for semantically and episodically related information. The currentstudy used RIF to examine whether response effector and location are encoded explicitly in action memory.Participants learned unique touchscreen responses to ten novel objects. Correct actions to each object involvedleft-hand or right-hand pushing of one of four possible object buttons. After learning, participantspracticed two of the ten object-specific sequences. Unpracticed actions could share hand only, button only,both hand and button, or neither hand nor button, with the practiced actions. Subsequent testing showed significantRIF (in retrieval accuracy and speed measures) for actions that shared hand only, button only, or bothhand and button with the practiced action. The results have implications for understanding the representationsmediating episodic action memory, and for the potential of RIF as a tool for elucidating feature-basedrepresentations in this and other domains.
College: College of Human and Health Sciences
Issue: 2
Start Page: 210
End Page: 217