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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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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • Among the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#38 of 1,098)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (96th percentile)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (88th percentile)

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1 blog
twitter
2 tweeters
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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 3 3%
Japan 2 2%
Italy 1 <1%
Australia 1 <1%
United States 1 <1%
Unknown 110 93%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 27 23%
Student > Master 22 19%
Student > Bachelor 18 15%
Researcher 12 10%
Professor 7 6%
Other 32 27%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 67 57%
Unspecified 14 12%
Social Sciences 7 6%
Computer Science 6 5%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 4 3%
Other 20 17%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 29. 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 18 October 2017.
All research outputs
#446,569
of 12,009,062 outputs
Outputs from Memory & Cognition
#38
of 1,098 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#3,083
of 97,384 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Memory & Cognition
#3
of 27 outputs
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