3 November 2015 Radiologists remember mountains better than radiographs, or do they?
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Expertise with encoding material has been shown to aid long-term memory for that material. It is not clear how relevant this expertise is for image memorability (e.g., radiologists’ memory for radiographs), and how robust over time. In two studies, we tested scene memory using a standard long-term memory paradigm. One compared the performance of radiologists to naïve observers on two image sets, chest radiographs and everyday scenes, and the other radiologists’ memory with immediate as opposed to delayed recognition tests using musculoskeletal radiographs and forest scenes. Radiologists’ memory was better than novices for images of expertise but no different for everyday scenes. With the heterogeneity of image sets equated, radiologists’ expertise with radiographs afforded them better memory for the musculoskeletal radiographs than forest scenes. Enhanced memory for images of expertise disappeared over time, resulting in chance level performance for both image sets after weeks of delay. Expertise with the material is important for visual memorability but not to the same extent as idiosyncratic detail and variability of the image set. Similar memory decline with time for images of expertise as for everyday scenes further suggests that extended familiarity with an image is not a robust factor for visual memorability.
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Karla K. Evans, Karla K. Evans, Edith M. Marom, Edith M. Marom, Myrna C. B. Godoy, Myrna C. B. Godoy, Diana Palacio, Diana Palacio, Tara Sagebiel, Tara Sagebiel, Sonia Betancourt Cuellar, Sonia Betancourt Cuellar, Mark McEntee, Mark McEntee, Charles Tian, Charles Tian, Patrick C. Brennan, Patrick C. Brennan, Tamara Miner Haygood, Tamara Miner Haygood, } "Radiologists remember mountains better than radiographs, or do they?," Journal of Medical Imaging 3(1), 011005 (3 November 2015). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.JMI.3.1.011005 . Submission:

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