Contextual Similarity Between Successive Targets Modulates Inhibition of Return in the Target-Target Paradigm

Hsuan Fu Chao*, Chun Yu Kuo, Makayla S. Chen, Fei Shan Hsiao

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Abstract

Inhibition of return (IOR) refers to slower responses to a target presented at a previously cued vs. uncued location. The present study investigated the role of memory retrieval in IOR by manipulating the contextual similarity between two successive targets in the target-target IOR paradigm. Successive targets were presented in either the same color (same-context condition) or different colors (different-context condition). Results of two experiments showed that IOR was greater in the same-context than the different-context condition. In addition, Experiment 2 showed that this context effect occurs with long response times (RTs), suggesting that memory retrieval, which requires time to manifest, plays an important role in IOR.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2052
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Volume11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Sep 8

Keywords

  • contextual similarity
  • cuing
  • inhibition of return
  • memory retrieval
  • response time distribution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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