Volition in Prospective Memory: Evidence Against Differences Between Free and Fixed Target Events

Mikkel C. Vinding *, Jonas Kristoffer Lindeløv, Yahui Xiao , Raymond C.K. Chan, Thomas Alrik Sørensen

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Abstract

Volition is the extent to which actions are generated as a result of internal states in contrast to responses to external conditions or dictated by external events. Delayed intentions about future action are stored in prospective memory until the intended action has to be formed at a later point in time. It is unknown how voluntary choice affects prospective memory. We compared the difference between freely chosen and fixed targets on the reaction times and task performance in the ongoing task and for the target stimuli in a prospective memory task. The task performance and the reaction time was modelled using a Bayesian hierarchical drift–diffusion model. The analysis showed no differences between self-chosen and fixed prospective memory cues on task responses. The result suggests that volition in choosing the cue to act upon or given a fixed cue does not make a difference for prospective memory task performance.
Original languageEnglish
Article number103175
JournalConsciousness and Cognition
Volume94
ISSN1053-8100
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2021

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