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Temporal proximity to the elicitation of curiosity is key for enhancing memory for incidental information

Murphy, Charlotte, Dehmelt, Vera, Yonelinas, Andrew P., Ranganath, Charan and Gruber, Matthias J. ORCID: 2021. Temporal proximity to the elicitation of curiosity is key for enhancing memory for incidental information. Learning and Memory 28 (2) , pp. 34-39. 10.1101/lm.052241.120

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Curiosity states benefit memory for target information, but also incidental information presented during curiosity states. However, it is not known whether incidental curiosity-enhanced memory depends on when incidental information during curiosity states is encountered. Here, participants incidentally encoded unrelated face images at different time points while they anticipated answers to trivia questions. Across two experiments, we found memory enhancements for unrelated faces presented during high-curiosity compared with low-curiosity states, but only when presented shortly after a trivia question. This suggests processes associated with the elicitation of curiosity—but not sustained anticipation or the satisfaction of curiosity—enhance memory for incidental information.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC)
Publisher: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press
ISSN: 1072-0502
Funders: Wellcome Trust
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 29 October 2020
Date of Acceptance: 26 October 2020
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2024 02:25

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