The role of spatial location in remembering and forgetting peripheral words.

Canadian journal of experimental psychology = Revue canadienne de psychologie experimentale

PubMedID: 17665750

Hourihan KL, Goldberg S, Taylor TL. The role of spatial location in remembering and forgetting peripheral words. Can J Exp Psychol. 2007;61(2):91-101.
This study examined whether spatial location mediates intentional forgetting of peripherally presented words. Using an item-method directed forgetting paradigm, words were presented in peripheral locations at study. A recognition test presented all words at either the same or a different location relative to study. Results showed that while recognition of Remember words was unaffected by test location, when Forget words were presented in the same location at test as at study, recognition accuracy was significantly greater than when presented in a different location. Experiment 2 showed that the speed to localize a previously studied word was faster when it was presented in the same rather than a different study-test location but that the magnitude of this spatial priming was unaffected by memory instruction. We suggest that the location of peripherally presented words is represented in memory and can aid the retrieval of poorly encoded words.