Accession Number : ADA016942

Title :   The integration of Discrete Verbal Units in Recognition Memory.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : NORTHWESTERN UNIV EVANSTON ILL DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY

Personal Author(s) : Underwood,Benton J. ; Kapelak,Susan M. ; Malmi,Robert A.

Report Date : SEP 1975

Pagination or Media Count : 39

Abstract : The two experiments examined factors underlying false alarms on recognition tests when the elements of the test items were presented alone for study at different points in time, and when the elements were parts of different two-element units during study. In the former case lag between presentation of the two elements was varied. In one experiment two independent words were presented for study with varying lags, with the test being for the two words as a pair. In the other, elements of a compound words were presented separately with the test being on the compound word. The subjects had to decide whether the two words had or had not been presented together on the study trial. Lag was not found to be a relevant variable and this fact, plus the findings on a special test of temporal discrimination, led to the conclusion that temporal judgments were not involved in the false alarms observed. Because it seems unlikely that a meaning response, evoked on the study trial, was also evoked on the test trial, the false alarms observed were attributed to the visual-phonetic-articulatory responses of the elements which were evoked on both the study and test trials.

Descriptors :   *Memory(Psychology), Word recognition, Test construction(Psychology), Learning, Reaction time, Response

Subject Categories : Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE