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ERIC Number: ED092599
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 18
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How Subjects Do not Store and Retrieve Information About Ordered Relationships.
Potts, George R.
Subjects learned and answered questions about four- or six-term linear orderings (e.g., Tom is taller than Dick, who is taller than Sam, who is taller than Pete). Such an ordering is comprised of some adjacent pairwise relations that are necessary to the establishment of the ordering (e.g., Tom is taller than Dick, Dick is taller than Sam), and some remote relations that are deducible (e.g., Tom is taller than Sam). Except for unusually fast responses to test sentences beginning with an end term, reaction time was a monotonic decreasing function of remoteness; the more remote the shorter the reaction time. This result contradicts several current models of how meaningful information is stored. First, it contradicts any model which argues that subjects do not store deducible information. Information pertaining to the deducible remote pairs is stored along with the information that was actually presented. Second, it contradicts any model which describes the form of the stored information in terms of inter-item associations. A model which can account for the result is presented. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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