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What Is Adaptive about Adaptive Memory?$
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Bennett L. Schwartz, Mark L. Howe, Michael P. Toglia, and Henry Otgaar

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199928057

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199928057.001.0001

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Survival Processing, Attention, and Interference

Survival Processing, Attention, and Interference

(p.123) 7 Survival Processing, Attention, and Interference
What Is Adaptive about Adaptive Memory?

Jeanette Altarriba

Stephanie Kazanas

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The current work indicates that perhaps survival processing works to moderate attentional control in ways that are not the same as in typical tests of memory recall and recognition. If indeed some level of arousal, anxiety, or perhaps stress (Smeets et al., 2012) is associated with processing survival scenarios, then it is possible that their effects on processing will be inhibitory versus facilitatory. In the current work, it appears as though processing under a survival prime condition worked to slow responses in a spatial two-back task, as compared to a prime related to moving, and that this slowdown was also accompanied by a higher error rate.

Keywords:   Survival processing, attention, interference, individual differences, working memory

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