Title

EXPLORING THE EFFECTS OF EVENT-BASED AND TIME-BASED PROSPECTIVE MEMORY

Publication Date

4-5-2019

Document Type

Poster

Degree Type

Undergraduate

Department

Psychology

Mentor

Dawn McBride

Mentor Department

Psychology

Abstract

Prospective memory (PM) can be described as the ability to remember to complete a future task. PM tasks can be event-based (respond when an event occurs) or time-based (respond at a specific time). The current study compared these two types of PM tasks. Students from Illinois State University participated in return for class credit. Participants were asked to complete a prospective memory task embedded in an ongoing task. We compared event- and time-based prospective memory under focal (similar cues across ongoing and PM tasks) and non-focal (different cues across ongoing and PM tasks) conditions. An analyzation of both category-based prospective memory and time-based prospective memory will give insight to cognitive processes in the completion of these types of intended tasks. We expect higher performance for event-based PM overall and higher performance with focal than non-focal tasks, showing that the overlap in cues aids performance.

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