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Back to the future at the APS 19th annual convention

Association for Psychological Science

The Association for Psychological Science is proud to present "Prospective Memory" at their 19th annual convention in Washington, DC.

This special symposium will feature panelists at the forefront of this emerging field of psychology.

Saturday May 26, 2007, 10:00 AM - 11:50 AM

Prospective memory, or memory for actions to be performed in the future such as remembering to take medication, supports the planning and forward looking activities that are a hallmark of human existence. Four leading researchers in this emerging field will describe their research examining the cognitive processes and neural mechanisms underlying prospective memory retrieval.

Participants in the symposium include:

Gil Einstein (Chair)
Furman University

Mark McDaniel
Washington University in St Louis

"Implementation Plans Buffer Prospective Memory Against High Attention Demands"

We show, for younger adults, that implementation plans produce better prospective remembering than a control group. More importantly, we find that implementation plans but not mental imagery encoding alone eliminate prospective memory decline in the presence of high distraction. Implementation plans appear to foster automatic processing of prospective memory targets.

Lia Kvavilashvili
University of Hertfordshire

"Does Rehearsal Improve Prospective Memory" Effects of Deliberate Rehearsal and Incidental Reminders on Event-Based Prospective Memory"
Co-author: James Erskine, University of Hertfordshire.

The paper reports several studies that examined the role of rehearsal and incidental reminders on event-based prospective memory. Results showed that rehearsal increased performance only if it occurred during the ongoing activity. Moreover, any beneficial effects of rehearsal and incidental reminders disappeared if they were preceded by intensive rehearsal during a filler interval.

Peter Gollwitzer
New York University/Universität Konstanz

"Implementation Plans Enhance Prospective Memory"

A self-regulation perspective on prospective memory is presented. It is suggested that acting on intentions can be automated by formulating if-then plans that specify when, where, and how one will act. Behavioral and fMRI data collected in studies using dual task and prospective memory paradigms support this strategic automaticity hypothesis.

Robert West
Iowa State University

"The Influence of Strategic Monitoring on Prospective Memory: Cue Detection vs. Cue Recognition"

Data from behavioral studies indicates that strategic monitoring of the environment can be important for successful prospective memory. In the talk I will present electrophysiological evidence demonstrating that monitoring may be necessary for the detection of prospective cues, but not the recognition that these same stimuli have been previously encountered.


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