On the role of imagery in event-based prospective memory

Gene Brewer, Justin Knight, J. Thadeus Meeks, Richard L. Marsh

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The role of imagery in encoding event-based prospective memories has yet to be fully clarified. Herein, it is argued that imagery augments a cue-to-context association that supports event-based prospective memory performance. By this account, imagery encoding not only improves prospective memory performance but also reduces interference to intention-related information that occurs outside of context. In the current study, when lure words occurred outside of the appropriate responding context, the use of imagery encoding strategies resulted in less interference when compared with a standard event-based intention condition. This difference was eliminated when participants were not given a specific context to associate their intention (i.e., lures occurred within the appropriate responding context). These results support a cue-to-context association account of how imagery operates in certain event-based prospective memory tasks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)901-907
Number of pages7
JournalConsciousness and Cognition
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2011


  • Context
  • Encoding
  • Imagery
  • Interference
  • Prospective memory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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