Two groups of students will present the results of their 'Séminaire de Recherche' experiment
Rewarding ordinal positions in working memory: an approach-avoidance paradigm
Working memory is a cognitive system with a limited capacity that allows us to hold and manipulate information temporarily. In our daily life, we tend to use our working memory to achieve certain goals (Olivers & Roelfsema, 2020). Most of our daily life goals are achievable only if we execute a sequence of procedures in the correct order. In the present study, we follow the assumption that in everyday life, the first action stored in our working memory is the most important for our immediate action (the most valuable). Once this action is done, the second element becomes the most relevant. To investigate this, we have adapted an approach-avoidance paradigm in an ordinal verbal working memory task. Based on a certain criterion, participants were asked to approach or avoid items part of a memory sequence. Importantly, certain positions in the working memory sequence were rewarded to increase their value. If the first elements are preferred, we expect to observe a preference for approaching the first positions of a memory sequence in comparison with the last. This pattern should be enhanced when the first positions are rewarded and moderated in the condition where the last items are rewarded.