Contextual cues aid recovery from interruption: the role of associative activation.

@article{Hodgetts2006ContextualCA,
  title={Contextual cues aid recovery from interruption: the role of associative activation.},
  author={Helen M. Hodgetts and Dylan M. Jones},
  journal={Journal of experimental psychology. Learning, memory, and cognition},
  year={2006},
  volume={32 5},
  pages={
          1120-32
        }
}
A series of experiments introduced interruptions to the execution phase of simple Tower of London problems and found that the opportunity for preparation before the break in task reduced the time cost at resumption. Retrieval of the suspended goal was facilitated when participants were given the opportunity to encode retrieval cues during an "interruption lag" (the brief time before engaging in the interrupting task) but was impeded when these visual cues were subsequently altered following… CONTINUE READING

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