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Reactivated visual masks do not disrupt serial recall. A failed Replication of Rey et al. 2018


Bartsch, Lea Maria; Oberauer, Klaus (2020). Reactivated visual masks do not disrupt serial recall. A failed Replication of Rey et al. 2018. .

Abstract

The process of spontaneous refreshing plays a central role in current models of working memory but is yet to be observed directly. In a recent study, Rey and colleagues (Rey, Versace, & Plancher, 2018) introduced a novel approach to investigate the mechanisms underlying refreshing: They presented tones previously associated with a visual mask during the free time of a complex span task, and found that this impaired memory, presumably because reactivation of the masks disrupts refreshing. Here we aimed to replicate their finding under more controlled settings with more observations per participant. We failed to replicate the previous findings, thereby questioning the robustness of the original effect.

Abstract

The process of spontaneous refreshing plays a central role in current models of working memory but is yet to be observed directly. In a recent study, Rey and colleagues (Rey, Versace, & Plancher, 2018) introduced a novel approach to investigate the mechanisms underlying refreshing: They presented tones previously associated with a visual mask during the free time of a complex span task, and found that this impaired memory, presumably because reactivation of the masks disrupts refreshing. Here we aimed to replicate their finding under more controlled settings with more observations per participant. We failed to replicate the previous findings, thereby questioning the robustness of the original effect.

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Item Type:Scientific Publication in Electronic Form
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Language:English
Date:2020
Deposited On:23 Apr 2020 12:19
Last Modified:31 Oct 2020 08:06
Number of Pages:20
OA Status:Green
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/ftme7
Official URL:https://psyarxiv.com/ftme7/
Related URLs:https://osf.io/tj4sh/ (Research Data)

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