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High- and low-frequency words are recalled equally well in alternating lists : evidence for associative effects in serial recall

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by C Hulme, George Stuart, G Brown, C Morin
Three experiments investigate the effects of mixing items of different types in the same list. Experiments 1 and 2 compare the immediate serial recall of high- and low-frequency words in pure and alternating lists. In pure lists high-frequency words are better recalled, but in alternating lists the two types of words are recalled at intermediate, and identical, levels. Experiment 3 compares the recall of words and nonwords. In pure lists nonwords are recalled substantially less well than words. In alternating lists nonwords gain a substantial recall advantage compared to pure lists but are still less well recalled than words, which are recalled at identical levels in both mixed and alternating lists. The results refute item-based redintegration accounts of frequency effects in immediate serial recall and provide evidence for the importance of inter-item associative mechanisms.

Funding

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

History

Volume

49

Issue

4

Start Page

500

End Page

518

Number of Pages

19

ISSN

0749-596X

Location

United States

Publisher

Elsevier

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Not affiliated to a Research Institute; Université Laval; University of East London; University of Warwick; University of York;

Era Eligible

No

Journal

Journal of memory and language.