Representation of unattended material in memory

Yaakov Hoffman, Joseph Tzelgov

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The current study addresses how information whose processing was not part of task requirement (unattended) is represented in memory. Using a novel measure, recognition memory for unattended material was assessed twice, once when it appeared with the same (old) attended study target and once with a new target. The data reveal memory for unattended study information only in the old target condition. Results suggest that the entire study event is encoded and represented in a memory trace, which contains both attended target information along with unattended context information. In conclusion, manifestation of unattended memory may be dependent on the presence of old target information at test.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1504-1508
Number of pages5
JournalConsciousness and Cognition
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2012


  • Context
  • Memory
  • Unattended

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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