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Anticipation of novel environments enhances memory for incidental information

Cen, Danlu ORCID:, Gkoumas, Christos and Gruber, Matthias J. ORCID: 2021. Anticipation of novel environments enhances memory for incidental information. Learning and Memory 28 (8) , pp. 254-259.

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Novelty is a potent driver of learning, but little is known about whether anticipation of novelty can enhance memory for incidental information. Here, participants incidentally encountered objects while they actively navigated toward novel or previously familiarized virtual rooms. Across immediate and delayed surprise memory tests, participants showed superior recollection for incidental objects encountered while anticipating novel as compared with familiarized rooms. Furthermore, memory for incidental objects correlated positively with between-participants average curiosity about novel rooms but negatively with within-participants trial-specific curiosity. Our findings contribute to the growing literature on how salient processes impact memory for incidental material.

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
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 29 June 2021
Date of Acceptance: 21 June 2021
Last Modified: 13 May 2023 09:24

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