Published On: Wed, Mar 30th, 2016

Attention is not ample for information preservation

Indian businesswoman thinking in office

Indian businesswoman thinking in office

A new research proposes that people inclined to remember just those things good that they anticipate to have future importance. A lot of what an individual can memorize is based on their anticipation of the detail they will require to remember, the research study stated.

Brad Wyble, the researcher of the study who is an assistant professor of psychology at Pennsylvania State University in the US, stated that “What we’re showing is that attention is not enough to ensure accurate memory,” Wyble further added that “You need some kind of expectation that attributing certain features to the object is important,”

The results were cited in the journal Cognition.

The researchers examined 60 contributors and told them to watch videos in which two balls were thrown amid various people. The initial ball thrown was the intentional ball. Participants calculated the figure of times the ball was conceded. The second ball was the distracted ball. Every contestant saw 36 trials, accounting their calculations of the objective ball later than each. The balls in each video were red, green, blue or purple.

For the initial 31 tests, contributors selected just the amount of passes made with the objective ball. Later than the 30-second test, a memo came up on the participant’s screen that read, “This is a astonish reminiscence trial! Here we test the ‘color’ of the target ball. Press a corresponding number to indicate the ‘color’ of the target ball.”

On this query, 37 percent of contributors, 22 of 60, reacted with the erroneous hue of the ball and 16 of these 22 erroneous replies chosen the color of the distracted ball.

In more tests, the researchers discovered that if one time participants understood that they would require accounting the color of the ball, they were capable to perform it with more correctness.

This points out that a lot of what an individual can keep in mind is based on their anticipation of the details they will require to remember. Wyble stated that “The key discovery was that attending an object for an extended period of time does not ensure that all of the features of that object will be correctly associated with it in memory,”

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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.