Journal article

The mnemonic advantage of processing fitness-relevant information

Sean HK Kang, Kathleen B McDermott, Sophie M Cohen

MEMORY & COGNITION | PSYCHONOMIC SOC INC | Published : 2008

Abstract

Nairne, Thompson, and Pandeirada (2007) proposed that our memory systems serve an adaptive function and that they have evolved to help us remember fitness-relevant information. In a series of experiments, they demonstrated that processing words according to their survival relevance resulted in better retention than did rating them for pleasantness, personal relevance, or relevance to moving to a new house. The aim of the present study was to examine whether the advantage of survival processing could be replicated, using a control condition that was designed to match the survival processing task in arousal, novelty, and media exposure--the relevance to planning a bank heist. We found that sur..

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