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Reactivated Visual Masks Do Not Disrupt Serial Recall


Bartsch, Lea M; Oberauer, Klaus (2020). Reactivated Visual Masks Do Not Disrupt Serial Recall. Experimental Psychology, 67(3):178-185.

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, Versace, and 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, Versace, and 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:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Language:English
Date:20 July 2020
Deposited On:11 Aug 2020 12:15
Last Modified:23 Feb 2024 02:44
Publisher:Hogrefe & Huber
ISSN:1618-3169
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1027/1618-3169/a000486
Related URLs:https://www.zora.uzh.ch/id/eprint/187187/
PubMed ID:32684147
  • Content: Accepted Version
  • Language: English