Attention and Representational Momentum

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Hayes, Amy ; Freyd, Jennifer J (1995)
  • Subject: Cognitive Psychology | Perceptual Cognitive Psychology

Representational momentum, the tendency for memory to be distorted in the direction of an implied transformation, suggests that dynamics are an intrinsic part of perceptual representations. We examined the effect of attention on dynamic representation by testing for representational momentum under conditions of distraction. Forward memory shifts increase when attention is divided. Attention may be involved in halting but not in maintaining dynamic representations.
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