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ERIC Number: EJ823658
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 2
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0033-295X
Issues with the SIMPLE Model: Comment on Brown, Neath, and Chater (2007)
Murdock, Bennet
Psychological Review, v115 n3 p779-780 Jul 2008
Comments on the article A temporal ratio model of memory by Brown, Neath, and Chater. SIMPLE (G. D. A. Brown, I. Neath, & N. Chater, 2007) attempts to explain data from serial recall and free recall in the same theoretical framework. While it can fit the free-recall serial-position curves that are the cornerstone of the 2-store buffer model, it does not address 2 classic issues in short-term memory research: similarity effects and presentation-rate effects. Similarity effects in free recall led to important work on organization in free recall, whereas similarity effects in serial recall led to the phonological basis of short-term memory. Presentation-rate effects operate quite differently in free and serial recall. The model also does not consider recall order effects or interresponse times in free recall, which may be problematic.
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