Journal article

Event-based prospective remembering in a virtual world

Steven L Trawley, Anna S Law, Robert H Logie

Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2011


Most laboratory-based prospective memory (PM) paradigms pose problems that are very different from those encountered in the real world. Several PM studies have reported conflicting results when comparing laboratory- with naturalistic-based studies (e.g., Bailey, Henry, Rendell, Phillips, & Kliegel, 2010 ). One key contrast is that for the former, how and when the PM cue is encountered typically is determined by the experimenter, whereas in the latter case, cue availability is determined by participant actions. However, participant-driven access to the cue has not been examined in laboratory studies focused on healthy young adults, and its relationship with planned intentions is poorly under..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We are grateful to Jennifer Rusted for her helpful suggestions and comments on the manuscript and to Matthew Logie for undertaking the programming to create the Edinburgh Virtual Errands Task (EVET) environment. We also are grateful to Fergus Craik for permission to use the Craik and Bialystok (2006) breakfast task in our research and to their programmer Perry Tohn for providing a copy of the program and for help with its implementation in our laboratory. We acknowledge Leverhulme Trust Research Grant F/00 158/W, which supported the research that we report here.