Using Self-Generated Cues to Facilitate Recall: A Narrative Review

Wheeler, Rebecca L. and Gabbert, Fiona (2017) Using Self-Generated Cues to Facilitate Recall: A Narrative Review. Frontiers in Psychology, 8. ISSN 1664-1078

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We draw upon the Associative Network model of memory, as well as the principles of encoding-retrieval specificity, and cue distinctiveness, to argue that self-generated
cue mnemonics offer an intuitive means of facilitating reliable recall of personally experienced events. The use of a self-generated cue mnemonic allows for the spreading
activation nature of memory, whilst also presenting an opportunity to capitalize upon cue distinctiveness. Here, we present the theoretical rationale behind the use of this
technique, and highlight the distinction between a self-generated cue and a self-referent cue in autobiographical memory research. We contrast this mnemonic with a similar
retrieval technique, Mental Reinstatement of Context, which is recognized as the most effective mnemonic component of the Cognitive Interview. Mental Reinstatement of Context is based upon the principle of encoding-retrieval specificity, whereby the overlap
between encoded information and retrieval cue predicts the likelihood of accurate recall. However, it does not incorporate the potential additional benefit of self-generated
retrieval cues.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number:
2 October 2017Accepted
27 October 2017Published
Subjects: CAH04 - psychology > CAH04-01 - psychology > CAH04-01-01 - psychology (non-specific)
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > College of Psychology
Depositing User: Silvio Aldrovandi
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2018 16:52
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2024 13:03

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