July 25, 2016 12:30 - 14:00

Attentional Allocation Policy in Prospective Memory: The Effect of Working Memory Load and Cue Specificity

[Speaker] Zhou, Chenchen:1
[Co-author] You, Xuqun:1, Ji, Ming:1
1:Shaanxi Normal University (China (People's Republic of China))

The ability of executing planning intention behavior refers to prospective memory (PM). Performing an intention may influence ongoing task, which is named as intention interference effect, and reflects attentional allocation policy to intention keeping in mind. Multiprocess theory (MP) suggested that whether attentional allocation policy change or not depends on PM cue specificity. Prior researches always utilized lexical decision task, which did not consider overlap between process pathway of cue specificity and ongoing task. We examined the availability of MP and how attention allocated under overlap condition with dual-ongoing-task, by embedding salient cues into selective attention task and nonfocal cues into working memory task. Our results gave new evidence to support MP, salient cues could spontaneous trigger intention without cost; meanwhile, strategic monitoring process was involved in nonfocal cues retrieval. Additionally, nonfocal cues were hardly to be retrieval if cognitive resources had been engaged in a high consumptive ongoing task.
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