Category-specific enhancement of retrieval due to field perspective

Gurjog Bagri, Gregory V Jones

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Two memory perspectives have been distinguished: A field perspective where events are re-experienced in the first person, and an observer perspective where events are witnessed in the third person. Two experiments examined the influence of memory perspective on objective memory performance. In both
experiments participants were presented with a series of verbal passages, each of which contained several different categories of information. For four of these categories (pertaining to affective reactions, physical sensations, psychological states, and associated ideas), recall was significantly higher when a field
perspective was adopted than when an observer perspective was adopted, but for the five other categories (pertaining to physical actions, personal appearance, fine details, spatial relations, and peripheral details) there was no significant effect of perspective upon recall. The study is examined in the context of mental models and imagined episodic events.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)337-345
Number of pages9
Issue number3
Early online date5 Mar 2009
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


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