Number of cues influences the cost of remembering to remember

Anna Lisa Cohen, Alexander Jaudas, Peter M. Gollwitzer

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Abstract

A current focus in the prospective memory literature is the extent to which a prospective memory task (remembering to perform a future action) interferes with ongoing activities (defined in this study as lexical decision latencies). In the present study, participants had to detect one, two, three, four, five, or six prospective memory cues. Results showed no significant increase in lexical decision latencies with one or two targets; however, significant costs emerged with three or more targets. Furthermore, task interference showed a linear increase in task costs for word trial performance but not for nonword trial performance. Practical and theoretical implications of these findings are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)149-156
Number of pages8
JournalMemory and Cognition
Volume36
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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