Divided attention can enhance early-phase memory encoding: the attentional boost effect and study trial duration.

@article{Mulligan2015DividedAC,
  title={Divided attention can enhance early-phase memory encoding: the attentional boost effect and study trial duration.},
  author={Neil W. Mulligan and Pietro Spataro},
  journal={Journal of experimental psychology. Learning, memory, and cognition},
  year={2015},
  volume={41 4},
  pages={
          1223-8
        }
}
Divided attention during encoding typically produces marked reductions in later memory. The attentional boost effect (ABE) is a surprising variation on this phenomenon. In this paradigm, each study stimulus (e.g., a word) is presented along with a target or a distractor (e.g., different colored circles) in a detection task. Later memory is better for stimuli co-occurring with targets. The present experiments indicate that the ABE arises during an early phase of memory encoding that involves… CONTINUE READING

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