What is it about?

When we try to memorize new information, we can use prior knowledge to enhance it. Here, we test whether prior information about object-color associations (for example, that a banana is yellow) can help retain fine details about the color of objects (the precise hue of a banana).

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Why is it important?

We found an effective way to memorize visual information, associating it with prior knowledge. This only happens when we focus both on the color and on the object, creating a memory that integrates both features.


This is my first publication, in which I had the opportunity to go through all the processes of scientific research in the field of Cognitive Psychology. It was a pleasure to contribute to a better understanding of a process that enhances visual memory. I look forward to continuing to investigate the benefits of this strategy.

Nuno D. Sobrinho
University of Porto

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This page is a summary of: The interplay of long-term memory and working memory: When does object-color prior knowledge affect color visual working memory?, Journal of Experimental Psychology Human Perception & Performance, December 2022, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/xhp0001071.
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