DRM & driving: Creation of false memories under cognitive workload

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Publication Type honors thesis
School or College College of Social & Behavioral Science
Department Psychology
Faculty Mentor Jason Watson
Creator Memmott, Magdalen Grace
Title DRM & driving: Creation of false memories under cognitive workload
Year graduated 2015
Date 2015-04
Description Not only are humans unable to recall things that actually occur, they may also recall information that did not occur. Such findings contribute to the pervasive hypothesis that people are not more productive by combining tasks, instead such productivity is an illusion. It was hypothesized that when more memory and attention are used, there may be instances when the qualities of these functions suffer. Participants completed three within-subject conditions: a single driving task, a single memory task, and a combined driving and memory task. For the single driving task, participants used a high-fidelity driving simulator to drive on a freeway loop for fifteen minutes. For the single memory condition, participants completed a task based on the Deese-Roediger-McDermott (DRM) false memory paradigm (1995). Participants were read a word list and then asked to verbally recall as many words as they could. In the dual task condition, participants completed the DRM memory task and driving task simultaneously. The data include a comparison of veridical and false memories to give us an understanding of the influence multitasking can have on recollection. Initial results reveal a dissociation between single task and dual task conditions. As predicted, veridical recall was reduced under divided attention, while false recall was relatively stable. These preliminary results suggest that combining multiple tasks to increase productivity is largely unproductive.
Type Text
Publisher University of Utah
Subject False memory syndrome
Language eng
Rights Management Copyright © Magdalen Grace Memmott 2015
Format Medium application/pdf
Format Extent 224,475 bytes
Identifier etd3/id/3643
Permissions Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/details?id=1279316
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Setname ir_htoa
Date Created 2015-09-21
Date Modified 2021-05-06
ID 197195
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6zp7fc2
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