Recognition memory for distractor faces depends on attentional load at exposure.

@article{Jenkins2005RecognitionMF,
  title={Recognition memory for distractor faces depends on attentional load at exposure.},
  author={Rob Jenkins and Nilli Lavie and Jon Driver},
  journal={Psychonomic bulletin & review},
  year={2005},
  volume={12 2},
  pages={314-20}
}
Incidental recognition memory for faces previously exposed as task-irrelevant distractors was assessed as a function of the attentional load of an unrelated task performed on superimposed letter strings at exposure. In Experiment 1, subjects were told to ignore the faces and either to judge the color of the letters (low load) or to search for an angular target letter among other angular letters (high load). A surprise recognition memory test revealed that despite the irrelevance of all faces at… CONTINUE READING