Explicit memory for unattended words: the importance of being in the "no".

@article{Hoffman2011ExplicitMF,
  title={Explicit memory for unattended words: the importance of being in the "no".},
  author={Yaakov Hoffman and Oded Bein and Anat Maril},
  journal={Psychological science},
  year={2011},
  volume={22 12},
  pages={1490-3}
}
Recognition tests in which participants indicate whether they recognize items using binary yes/no response options have typically yielded "yes" responses at equal rates for unattended old items and new items. Because most responses to unattended stimuli in such tests are "no" responses, we reasoned that a closer examination of "no" responses might reveal memory for unattended items. We modified a classic paradigm to allow participants to indicate high and low levels of confidence in their… CONTINUE READING