Learning and the Coordination of Sequential Information

Jay L. Wenger, Richard A. Carlson

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Abstract

In 4 experiments, participants performed a list-processing task that required alternation between 2 sets of information. Previous research (R. A. Carlson, J. L. Wenger, & M. A. Sullivan, 1993) attributed the major demands of this task to the need to coordinate 2 sets of information. In the present study, learning was manipulated at the level of individual sets; participants acquired consistent sets of information in various contexts. This consistency facilitated performance, and the primary benefit was that they learned to select items faster. The selection benefit was limited to acquisition contexts that required alternation and was most pronounced when the consistent set was learned as a memory set. The results are compatible with Carlson et al.'s model describing the organization of control processes and suggest that coordinating information from different sources imposes a fundamental constraint on the working memory system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)170-182
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance
Volume21
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1995

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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