Graduation Year

2012

Location

Atrium, Center for Natural Sciences, Illinois Wesleyan University

Start Date

14-4-2012 2:35 PM

End Date

14-4-2012 3:35 PM

Description

We examined the process of selective attention and its relation to implicit and explicit memory encoding. To further understand the mechanisms behind selective attention, we asked if implicit learning of irrelevant information is encoded differently than explicit learning. We used the flankers task to examine selective attention. This task involves responding to a center item (i.e. the target), while ignoring the irrelevant flankers. Participants completed the correlated flankers task as well as implicit and explicit memory tasks. The correlated flanker effect is the decreased reaction time on the trials in which the flankers that are correlated with the correct response are present versus uncorrelated trials (Miller, 1987). Results were contrary to what we expected and reasons as to why this occurred are discussed. Opportunity for participation in discussion is welcome.

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Apr 14th, 2:35 PM Apr 14th, 3:35 PM

Implicit Encoding Explored Through the Flankers Task

Atrium, Center for Natural Sciences, Illinois Wesleyan University

We examined the process of selective attention and its relation to implicit and explicit memory encoding. To further understand the mechanisms behind selective attention, we asked if implicit learning of irrelevant information is encoded differently than explicit learning. We used the flankers task to examine selective attention. This task involves responding to a center item (i.e. the target), while ignoring the irrelevant flankers. Participants completed the correlated flankers task as well as implicit and explicit memory tasks. The correlated flanker effect is the decreased reaction time on the trials in which the flankers that are correlated with the correct response are present versus uncorrelated trials (Miller, 1987). Results were contrary to what we expected and reasons as to why this occurred are discussed. Opportunity for participation in discussion is welcome.