Department of Psychology
Master of Arts
In two experiments a modified flanker paradigm was used to simultaneously present a focal word and an incidental non-focal word. The participants' task was to process the focal word in one of two conditions: naming aloud or a conceptual decision (concrete or abstract). The focal and non-focal words were either semantically related or not. Participants were instructed to direct their attention at the focal word. Furthermore, the presentation of the focal word was brief to reduce the possibility of eye movement to the non-focal word. Memory was measured with implicit and explicit memory tests. Evidence was found to suggest implicit memory traces were created for incidentally presented non-focal items, but explicit tests showed no sign of memory.
Cognition and Perception | Psychology
Jones, John, "Memory for Non-Focal Words" (2006). Masters Theses & Specialist Projects. Paper 284.