Dwelling on memorability: Effects of long-term picture memorability on the attentional blink



Although people have an extraordinary ability to recognize and remember pictures of visual scenes, there are also large and consistent differences in how well different pictures are remembered (Isola et al., 2014). What determines a picture’s worth in memorability is not fully understood. Here, we used the attentional blink as a tool to investigate how memorability affects the selection and consolidation of a picture into working memory. Participants had to remember or ignore a picture of high or low memorability and they had to identify a trailing, masked visual target that appeared at an SOA of 140-700 ms. Memorable pictures produced a longer attentional blink than non-memorable pictures, but only when the pictures had to be remembered. This suggests that memorability does not affect attentional engagement for a to-be-ignored picture, while it does increase the time it takes to consolidate a to-be-remembered picture into working memory.
Originele taal-2English
StatusPublished - 2016
EvenementPsychonomic Society's 57th Annual Meeting - Boston, Boston, United States
Duur: 17-nov-201620-nov-2016
Congresnummer: 57


ConferencePsychonomic Society's 57th Annual Meeting
Verkorte titelPsychonomics
Land/RegioUnited States
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