Paired Associates Memory Assessment - Cambridge Brain Sciences
In this task you have to remember which objects are hidden in different boxes. Psychologists call the skills required for this task 'paired-associate-learning', as you are required to learn to pair two items in memory - in this case the type of object and the location of the object. When one of the paired features is revealed (in this case the object), you have to remember its associate (the location it is hidden in). This type of learning is essential in everyday life, for example when learning new words. When you learn a new word, not only do you learn the word itself, but you have to pair this with the meaning it represents. Along with our colleagues at the University of Cambridge and at the Institute of Psychiatry in London, we investigated which areas of the brain become active when performing this task. Furthermore, we studied what happens to this activation pattern when the task gets harder and harder. References Gould, R.L., Brown, R.G., Owen, A.