Retrieval of autobiographical memories: The mechanisms and consequences of truncated search.

@article{Eade2006RetrievalOA,
  title={Retrieval of autobiographical memories: The mechanisms and consequences of truncated search.},
  author={Jess Eade and Helen Healy and J. Mark G. Williams and Stella W Y Chan and Catherine Crane and Thorsten Barnhofer},
  journal={Cognition & emotion},
  year={2006},
  volume={20 3-4},
  pages={351-82}
}
Five studies examined the extent to which autobiographical memory retrieval is hierarchical, whether a hierarchical search depends on central executive resources, and whether retrieving memories that are "higher" in the hierarchy impairs problem-solving ability. The first study found that random generation (assessed using a button-pressing task) was sensitive to changes in memory load (digit span). The second study showed that when participants fail to retrieve a target event, they respond with… CONTINUE READING
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