Completing Intended Actions under Divided Attention: Would I Do It Again if I Got The Chance?
Andrade, Angel Muñoz Gómez
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Prospective memory refers to one’s ability of remembering to perform an intended action at a pertinent time in the future (McDaniel & Einstein, 2007). This ability is important and ubiquitous in everyday life (i.e. taking medication). Equally important is not performing an intended action once an original intention has been fulfilled (i.e. taking medication twice). The present study examined whether performing an original intended action under divided attention leads to performing the intended action again when it is no longer needed, a commission error in prospective memory. In the present study, participants performed an initial prospective memory task under divided attention and a subsequent task that no longer required some of the prospective memory responses from the initial task. Although inconclusive, our results showed that individuals might be more susceptible to making commission errors after performing an intended action under divided attention.