Interaction effect of working memory capacity and load in an error detection task

Yau Sze YUEN, Yau Wai, Simon LI

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A controlled experiment was carried out to examine the effects of working memory (WM) capacity and load on error detection performance. Twelve participants took part in a simple paper-based error checking task and their WM capacity was assessed. WM load was manipulated to yield three conditions: no-load, mid-load and high-load. A reliable interaction effect between WM capacity and load is found in terms of error detection performance: low-capacity and high-capacity participants perform equally well in no-load condition, however, low-capacity participants perform significantly worse in mid- and high-load conditions. High-capacity participants’performance is unaffected by higher WM loads. The significant interaction effect is consistent with the initial prediction. The results are explained in terms of Salvucci and Taatgen’s (2008) threaded cognition.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 23 May 2014
EventThe 1st Asian Conference on Ergonomics and Design (ACED2014) - Ramada Plaza Hotel Jeju, Jeju Island, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 21 May 201424 May 2014
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ConferenceThe 1st Asian Conference on Ergonomics and Design (ACED2014)
CountryKorea, Republic of
CityJeju Island
Period21/05/1424/05/14
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YUEN, Y. S., & LI, Y. W. S. (2014). Interaction effect of working memory capacity and load in an error detection task. The 1st Asian Conference on Ergonomics and Design (ACED2014), Jeju Island, Korea, Republic of.
YUEN, Yau Sze ; LI, Yau Wai, Simon. / Interaction effect of working memory capacity and load in an error detection task. The 1st Asian Conference on Ergonomics and Design (ACED2014), Jeju Island, Korea, Republic of.
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