Take the 2-minute tour ×
Cognitive Sciences Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for practitioners, researchers, and students in cognitive science, psychology, neuroscience, and psychiatry. It's 100% free, no registration required.

This question talked about how a "delayed match-to-sample task" can be used to measure an animal's working memory. What is a delayed match-to-sample task and how can it be used to measure working memory?

share|improve this question

1 Answer 1

up vote 5 down vote accepted

This kind of task is generally used when studying short-term memory. Typically, a subject is presented with some stimuli, followed by a probe item after a varying delay; subjects is then asked to recall (information retrieval) if the probe item was presented before (information encoding). A famous example is Sternberg experiment.

Such tasks can rely on non-verbal material, which makes them good candidates for behavioral studies with animals, but see

Paule MG, Bushnell PJ, Maurissen JP, Wenger GR, Buccafusco JJ, Chelonis JJ, Elliott R. Symposium overview: the use of delayed matching-to-sample procedures in studies of short-term memory in animals and humans. Neurotoxicol Teratol. 1998 Sep-Oct;20(5):493-502.

Some on-line demonstration can be found on the CANTAB testing battery: Delayed Matching to Sample (DMS).

share|improve this answer

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.