Fit to last!

Just a heads up that Dr Dan Clark and I have had a paper accepted in the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. The paper deals with the survival processing effect, which I covered here.

Here is a link to the paper page: the first fifty people to go there can download it for free!


Abstract: Mounting evidence indicates that processing items for their survival value produces superior recall compared to a number of other well-known memory-enhancing techniques, and that this mnemonic advantage remains up to 48 hours after encoding (Raymaekers et al., 2013). However, little attention has been dedicated to the survival processing effect in location memory, which may represent a better test of adaptive memory than retrieval of verbal information. The current study aims to fill this gap by exploring the longevity of the survival processing effect with both word list (Experiment 1) and location based (Experiment 2) stimuli. Participants rated target items using a single incidental encoding scenario, either Survival versus Pleasantness (word stimuli) or Survival versus Scavenger Hunt (location stimuli). They were then asked to complete a surprise recall task immediately after the ratings and a second recall task 96 hours later. The results demonstrated that, despite a general reduction in memory performance across time, the survival processing advantage was detected at both test times for both word lists and location. These findings provide further support for the survival processing effect and extend the observed effect duration for both word lists and location to 96 hours.


About Davide Bruno

Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University
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