Ben Reuveni L&S Sciences
Cognitive Load Affects Interactions Between Procedural and Declarative Systems
Human memory is characterized by multiple memory systems. Two of the most widely recognized of these are the procedural and declarative systems. My project extends a line of research aimed at exploring the interaction between these systems. Previous research using category learning paradigms widely thought to selectively tap either the procedural or declarative memory system has implied that these two systems compete for control of motor resources.For example, human participants usually perform poorly in category learning tasks in which optimal performance requires trial-by-trial switching between procedural and declarative strategies. My experiment will attempt to identify factors that facilitate successful system switching. This research represents a significant contribution to the human learning and memory literature at large, and has potential to inform novel training methods for skills that require interaction between procedural and declarative memory systems (e.g., learning to identify a tumor in a radiological image).