The interaction between ongoing task demands and cue focality, and its effect on prospective memory performance

Windless, Rebecca (2016) The interaction between ongoing task demands and cue focality, and its effect on prospective memory performance. Undergraduate thesis, University of Chichester.

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Abstract

Prospective memory is the practise of forming intentions and remembering to execute these intentions at the desired time. Previous research has highlighted many factors that can influence prospective memory performance. The aim of the current study was to explore varying levels of focality and view their interaction with high and low ongoing task demands and what effect this interaction will have on prospective memory performance. A 2 (high/ low task demands) x 3 (focal/semi-focal/non-focal) mixed design was used where ongoing task demands was a between-participants variable and focality was a within-participant variable. Results found no significant effect of ongoing task demands (F(1, 48) = .234, MSE = .218, p = .631, ηp² = .005), nor a significant interaction effect (F(2,96) = .958, p = .387, MSE = 1.355, ηp² = .020). However, there was a significant effect of focality (F(2, 96) = 39.141, p ≤ .001, ηp² = .449), which finds that semi-focal cues produce the worst prospective memory performance. These results are related back to the multi-process framework, and implications as well as future directions are discussed.
Keywords: Prospective memory; cue focality; ongoing task demands; multi-process framework

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Departments > Psychology and Counselling
Undergraduate Dissertations
Depositing User: Steve Bowman
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2016 11:07
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2016 11:07
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/1887

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