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ERIC Number: ED098265
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-May
Pages: 12
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Constructive Processes in Memory for Order.
Smith, Kirk H.; And Others
The transformation of episodic inputs to semantic representations was studied in two very similar tasks. In one, subjects were required to infer the underlying four-term linear ordering from three comparative sentences such as, "The teacher is taller than the doctor." In the second task, subjects inferred underlying 4- and 5-digit strings, e.g., 5719, from series of three or four digit pairs, such as 57, 71, 19 or 19, 57, 71. In both tasks, variations in input order produced large, significant differences in the proportion of orders or strings correctly constructed. The following principle explains a major feature of these data as well as many of the errors subjects made: "As the twig is bent, so the tree's inclined." (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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