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Addressing New Views on Working Memory by comparing Stimulus Complexity to Performance Load

Vinke, J.W. (2019) Addressing New Views on Working Memory by comparing Stimulus Complexity to Performance Load.

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Abstract:Regarding working memory, there are several models competing for viability with the scientific community. Among the most prominent are the discrete resource models, i.e. the slot model and discrete representations model, and the continuous scale models, i.e. equal resource model and variable precision model. We hypothesized whether adding more relevant features to a target object that needed to be remembered increased the error in recollection. We used a within-subjects design across three conditions. In the first condition, participants had to just remember the color of a bar. In the second condition they had to just remember the orientation of the bar. In the third condition they had to remember both color and orientation. There were no significant results that showed that adding more relevant features increases error in recollection. However, an increase in elements to be remembered did increase error. This suggests a middle ground between the discrete representations model and continuous scale models.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/77410
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