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Functional equivalence of verbal and spatial information in serial short-term memory

journal contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by D Jones, P Farrand, George Stuart, N Morris
Performance on a test of serial memory for the spatial position of a sequence of dots showed similarities to typical results from the serial recall of verbal material: a marked increase in error with increasing list length, a modest rise in error as retention interval increased, and bow-shaped serial position curves. This task was susceptible to interference from both a spatial task (rote tapping) and a verbal task (mouthed articulatory suppression) and also from the presence of irrelevant speech. Effects were comparable to those found with a serial verbal task that was generally similar in demand characteristics to the spatial task. As a generalization, disruption of the serial recall of visuospatial material was more marked if the interference conditions involved a changing sequence of actions or materials, but not if a single event (tap, mouthed utterance, or sound) was repeated.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

21

Issue

4

Start Page

1008

End Page

1018

Number of Pages

11

ISSN

0278-7393

Location

United States

Publisher

American Psychological Association

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Era Eligible

No

Journal

Journal of experimental psychology : learning, memory, and cognition.