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Eyeclosure helps memory by reducing cognitive load and enhancing visualisation

Overview of attention for article published in Memory & Cognition, April 2011
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Title
Eyeclosure helps memory by reducing cognitive load and enhancing visualisation
Published in
Memory & Cognition, April 2011
DOI 10.3758/s13421-011-0098-8
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Authors

Annelies Vredeveldt, Graham J. Hitch, Alan D. Baddeley

Abstract

Closing the eyes helps memory. We investigated the mechanisms underlying the eyeclosure effect by exposing 80 eyewitnesses to different types of distraction during the witness interview: blank screen (control), eyes closed, visual distraction, and auditory distraction. We examined the cognitive load hypothesis by comparing any type of distraction (visual or auditory) with minimal distraction (blank screen or eyes closed). We found recall to be significantly better when distraction was minimal, providing evidence that eyeclosure reduces cognitive load. We examined the modality-specific interference hypothesis by comparing the effects of visual and auditory distraction on recall of visual and auditory information. Visual and auditory distraction selectively impaired memory for information presented in the same modality, supporting the role of visualisation in the eyeclosure effect. Analysis of recall in terms of grain size revealed that recall of basic information about the event was robust, whereas recall of specific details was prone to both general and modality-specific disruptions.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 4 2%
Japan 2 1%
Australia 1 <1%
Italy 1 <1%
United States 1 <1%
Unknown 183 95%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 37 19%
Student > Bachelor 37 19%
Student > Master 31 16%
Researcher 17 9%
Professor 8 4%
Other 37 19%
Unknown 25 13%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 83 43%
Social Sciences 11 6%
Neuroscience 9 5%
Computer Science 8 4%
Linguistics 7 4%
Other 36 19%
Unknown 38 20%
Attention Score in Context

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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 32. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 09 August 2021.
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#1,088,025
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Outputs from Memory & Cognition
#75
of 1,572 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#4,265
of 110,317 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Memory & Cognition
#4
of 32 outputs
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