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ERIC Number: EJ1113237
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Oct
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0922-4777
Content Integration across Multiple Documents Reduces Memory for Sources
Braasch, Jason L. G.; McCabe, Rebecca M.; Daniel, Frances
Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, v29 n8 p1571-1598 Oct 2016
The current experiments systematically examined semantic content integration as a mechanism for explaining source inattention and forgetting when reading-to-remember multiple texts. For all 3 experiments, degree of semantic overlap was manipulated amongst messages provided by various information sources. In Experiment 1, readers' source recognition was significantly poorer when the sources presented semantically-congruent compared to semantically-distinct messages. Experiment 2 replicated the findings, despite half of the participants receiving a pre-reading warning. Experiment 3 extended the examination to include longer argument-based texts; readers additionally wrote a comprehensive essay on the topic. The results indicated longer reading times and better recall memory for the claims and evidence statements from semantically-congruent compared to semantically-distinct texts, while still reproducing the poorer source recognition effects of Experiments 1 and 2. We discuss implications for contemporary accounts of multiple text comprehension as well as directions for future research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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