Prospective memory in a virtual environment : beneficial effects of cue saliency

Trawley, Steven L. and Law, Anna S. and Brown, Louise A. and Niven, Elaine and Logie, Robert H. (2014) Prospective memory in a virtual environment : beneficial effects of cue saliency. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 26 (1). pp. 39-47. ISSN 2044-5911

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Abstract

Prospective Memory (PM) research focuses on how the cognitive system successfully encodes and retains an intention, before retrieving it at a particular future time or in response to a particular future event. Previous work using 2D text stimuli has shown that increasing the saliency of the retrieval cue can improve performance. In this work, we investigated the effect of increased cue saliency in a more ecologically valid 3D virtual environment. The findings indicate that increased perceptual saliency of the cue does benefit PM in a dynamic and visually rich environment but that the impact of cue saliency does not interact with attentional load.