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Awareness and working memory in strategy adaptivity

Schunn, CD and Lovett, MC and Reder, LM (2001) Awareness and working memory in strategy adaptivity. Memory and Cognition, 29 (2). 254 - 266. ISSN 0090-502X

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To further the understanding of the mechanisms of strategy choice, in three experiments, we investigate the role of explicit awareness and working memory in strategy adaptivity. Experiment 1 provided correlational evidence that individual differences in strategy adaptivity to changing base rates are related to individual differences in awareness of those changes but appear not to be related to individual differences in working memory capacity. Experiment 2 replicated the role of awareness, and the results suggest that awareness at the time of the base-rate change, rather than afterwards, is related to increased strategy adaptivity. Experiment 3 measured working memory capacity using a different procedure and manipulated working memory load with a dual-task procedure; again, no apparent role of working memory capacity in strategy adaptivity was found. This juxtaposition of findings presents a challenge for existing models of strategy choice.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Schunn, CDschunn@pitt.eduSCHUNN0000-0003-3589-297X
Lovett, MC
Reder, LM
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Learning Research & Development Center
Date: 1 January 2001
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Memory and Cognition
Volume: 29
Number: 2
Page Range: 254 - 266
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.3758/bf03194919
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Psychology
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0090-502X
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2014 15:06
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2019 15:56


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