School-aged children can benefit from audiovisual semantic congruency during memory encoding

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Heikkilä , J & Tiippana , K 2016 , ' School-aged children can benefit from audiovisual semantic congruency during memory encoding ' , Experimental Brain Research , vol. 234 , no. 5 , pp. 1199-1207 . https://doi.org/10.1007/s00221-015-4341-6

Title: School-aged children can benefit from audiovisual semantic congruency during memory encoding
Author: Heikkilä, Jenni; Tiippana, Kaisa
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Behavioural Sciences
University of Helsinki, Behavioural Sciences
Date: 2016-05
Language: eng
Number of pages: 9
Belongs to series: Experimental Brain Research
ISSN: 0014-4819
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/173365
Abstract: Although we live in a multisensory world, children's memory has been usually studied concentrating on only one sensory modality at a time. In this study, we investigated how audiovisual encoding affects recognition memory. Children (n = 114) from three age groups (8, 10 and 12 years) memorized auditory or visual stimuli presented with a semantically congruent, incongruent or non-semantic stimulus in the other modality during encoding. Subsequent recognition memory performance was better for auditory or visual stimuli initially presented together with a semantically congruent stimulus in the other modality than for stimuli accompanied by a non-semantic stimulus in the other modality. This congruency effect was observed for pictures presented with sounds, for sounds presented with pictures, for spoken words presented with pictures and for written words presented with spoken words. The present results show that semantically congruent multisensory experiences during encoding can improve memory performance in school-aged children.
Subject: Audiovisual
Children
Development
Memory
Multisensory
Semantic congruency
MULTISENSORY MEMORIES
OBJECT DISCRIMINATION
RECOGNITION
PERFORMANCE
CHILDHOOD
515 Psychology
516 Educational sciences
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