Prospective memory in a virtual environment: beneficial effects of cue saliency

Steven L. Trawley, Anna S. Law (Lead / Corresponding author), Louise A. Brown, Elaine H. Niven, Robert H. Logie

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Prospective Memory (PM) research focuses on how the cognitive system successfully encodes and retains an intention, before retrieving it at a particular future time or in response to a particular future event. Previous work using 2D text stimuli has shown that increasing the saliency of the retrieval cue can improve performance. In this work, we investigated the effect of increased cue saliency in a more ecologically valid 3D virtual environment. The findings indicate that increased perceptual saliency of the cue does benefit PM in a dynamic and visually rich environment but that the impact of cue saliency does not interact with attentional load.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-47
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Cognitive Psychology
Issue number1
Early online date9 Nov 2013
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Cue saliency
  • Delayed intentions
  • EVET
  • Naturalistic task
  • Prospective Memory
  • Virtual environment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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