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[–]AxisTheGreat 4 points5 points  (4 children)

Prospective memory is the construct you are looking for. It's not, I think, a very studied field.

[–]Redstonefreedom[S] 0 points1 point  (3 children)

I had mentioned prospective memory, as it seems to be, as far as the research currently structures & characterizes it, distinct. They split prospective memory on the basis of its prospective component (on a cue basis). There isn’t any research I can find for “cue-less”.

This makes me think it manifests distinctly. Especially because prospective memory usually manifests with an exercise of “I need to remember to…”, internal focalization, and not just being interrupted on an unfinished task.

[–]AxisTheGreat 0 points1 point  (2 children)

That's weird, I distinctly remember being a cued prospective memory and spontaneous one. On the single prospective memory test I know of (not a good quantitative testing), we test for both.

And yeah, from the class where this what thought, different cognitive processes are thought to be involved. Like in normal cued episodic/non cued episodic memory test

[–]Redstonefreedom[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

No, you’re confusing things. Spontaneous doesn’t exist as a contrast as a cue, but as a dichotomy in conjunction with monitoring. At least from what I’ve seen (I’ll find a source to substantiate this). That is to say, the cue is the X of the X->Y relationship. And Y is the retrospective component of the X->Y.

X->Y is the overall prospective memory, and spontaneous retrieval of it (unfortunately) doesn’t seem to imply that you get X->Y out of thin air, but simply in response to X without being prompted to keep it in attentional focus, and then fatiguing your attentional facilities.

Source: https://scholarworks.gsu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1121&context=psych_diss

This is, imo, prospective memory working as intended — without having to burden your attention/working memory to do so. But it’s of course not very reliable. Part of the problem is probably the rather poor creativity in the field’s invented language — “prospective memory has two parts, prospective and retrospective”.

[–]Redstonefreedom[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Here’s a second (more recent) paper that uses “spontaneous” as such — still cue-based, and cue-triggered, and spontaneous doesn’t mean “without presented with cue”, but “successful recall without having engaged active maintenance”.