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ERIC Number: EJ1099317
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-May
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0278-7393
Negative Priming in Free Recall Reconsidered
Hanczakowski, Maciej; Beaman, C. Philip; Jones, Dylan M.
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, v42 n5 p686-699 May 2016
Negative priming in free recall is the finding of impaired memory performance when previously ignored auditory distracters become targets of encoding and retrieval. This negative priming has been attributed to an aftereffect of deploying inhibitory mechanisms that serve to suppress auditory distraction and minimize interference with learning and retrieval of task-relevant information. In 6 experiments, we tested the inhibitory account of the effect of negative priming in free recall against alternative accounts. We found that ignoring auditory distracters is neither sufficient nor necessary to produce the effect of negative priming in free recall. Instead, the effect is more readily accounted for by a buildup of proactive interference occurring whenever 2 successively presented lists of words are drawn from the same semantic category.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Wales)
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