A Long-Term Memory Competitive Process Model of a Common Procedural Error, Part II: Working Memory Load and Capacity


Postcompletion error (PCE) is a type of systematic procedural error that people are prone to commit when there is one step to perform after they have accomplished their main task goal. A computational cognitive model developed previously for PCE in an interruption paradigm extends to a working memory load and capacity paradigm. The model explains PCE in terms of long-term declarative memory mechanisms, opposing base-level activation with spreading activation.

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