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ERIC Number: EJ783128
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 18
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0278-7393
Multiple Roles for Time in Short-Term Memory: Evidence from Serial Recall of Order and Timing
Farrell, Simon
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, v34 n1 p128-145 Jan 2008
Three experiments are reported that examine the relationship between short-term memory for time and order information, and the more specific claim that order memory is driven by a timing signal. Participants were presented with digits spaced irregularly in time and postcued (Experiments 1 and 2) or precued (Experiment 3) to recall the order or timing of the digits. The primary results of interest were as follows: (a) Instructing participants to group lists had similar effects on serial and timing recall in inducing a pause in recall between suggested groups; (b) the timing of recall was predicted by the timing of the input lists in both serial recall and timing recall; and (c) when the recall task was precued, there was a tendency for temporally isolated items to be more accurately recalled than temporally crowded items. The results place constraints on models of serial recall that assume a timing signal generates positional representations and suggest an additional role for information about individual durations in short-term memory.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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