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The Recall of High and Low Meaningful Sentences Generated from the Michigan Restricted Association Norms.
Riegel, Klaus F.; Feldman, Carol F.
Eight sentences with high associative connections between their major elements (hi-m sentences) were generated from the Michigan Restricted Association Norms (Riegel, 1965a, b). Eight additional sentences with no or low association connections (lo-m sentences) were derived from the hi-m sentences by a scrambling procedure. All sentences were of the form subject-verb-object or subject-verb-location, and were presented to eight male and eight female undergraduates in a learning task. Hi-m sentences were recalled significantly more often than lo-m sentences. The interaction, but not the differences, between the first and second trials were significant. There was an increase in the recall scores from trial to trial for the hi-m sentences but a decrease for the lo-m sentences. Generally, the results confirmed that it is possible to construct sentences with predictable recall scores on the basis of restricted and free association norms. This paper comprises a report in "Development of Language Functions, A Research Program-Project (Study B: Developmental Studies in Semantics)." (Author/DO)
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Sponsor: National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor. Center for Human Growth and Development.