Psychonomic Bulletin & Review

, Volume 13, Issue 3, pp 452–457 | Cite as

Rehearsal in serial memory for visual-spatial information: Evidence from eye movements

  • Sébastien Tremblay
  • Jean Saint-Aubin
  • Annie Jalbert


It is well established that rote rehearsal plays a key role in serial memory for lists of verbal items. Although a great deal of research has informed us about the nature of verbal rehearsal, much less attention has been devoted to rehearsal in serial memory for visual-spatial information. By using the dot task—a visual-spatial analogue of the classical verbal serial recall task—with delayed recall, performance and eyetracking data were recorded in order to establish whether visual-spatial rehearsal could be evidenced by eye movement. The use of eye movement as a form of rehearsal is detectable (Experiment 1), and it seems to contribute to serial memory performance over and above rehearsal based on shifts of spatial attention (Experiments 1 and 2).


Retention Interval Serial Position Spatial Attention Serial Recall Recall Performance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sébastien Tremblay
    • 1
  • Jean Saint-Aubin
    • 2
  • Annie Jalbert
    • 2
  1. 1.École de psychologieUniversité LavalQuebecCanada
  2. 2.Université de MonctonMonctonCanada

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