Context attributes in memory are bound to item information, but not to one another

Jeffrey J. Starns, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803-5501, USA.
Jason L. Hicks


In four experiments, we compared binding between item and context information with binding between different types of context information. Participants studied line drawings of common objects that appeared in both different colors and different locations. We explored the effects of reinstating one type of information on recognition memory for another type, and we also tested the participants' ability to discriminate intact from rearranged pairings of two types of information. Results showed that different contextual dimensions (i.e., color and location) were bound to item information (i.e., object information), but not to each other.