Visual Memory: The Price of Encoding Details

Mark Nieuwenstein, Maria Kromm

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Studies on visual long-term memory have shown
that we have a tremendous capacity for remembering pictures
of objects, even at a highly detailed level. What remains unclear,
however, is whether encoding objects at such a detailed level
comes at any cost. In the current study, we examined how the
anticipated level of pictorial detail required for a visual objectrecognition
test influences the dynamics of attention and visual
working-memory consolidation for objects shown as a first
target in an attentional blink task. Memory for the objects was
tested at a categorical, exemplar, or state level. Results show
that the anticipation of a more detailed memory test increases
both the allocation of attention during perceptual processing as
well as the duration of working-memory consolidation. Taken
together, these findings highlight the adaptive malleability
of visual memory encoding in anticipation of a more or less
detailed memory test.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event58th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 9-Nov-201712-Nov-2017
Conference number: 58


Conference58th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society
Abbreviated titlePsychonomics
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