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ERIC Number: EJ880289
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0749-596X
The Influence of Item Properties on Association-Memory
Madan, Christopher R.; Glaholt, Mackenzie G.; Caplan, Jeremy B.
Journal of Memory and Language, v63 n1 p46-63 Jul 2010
Word properties like imageability and word frequency improve cued recall of verbal paired-associates. We asked whether these enhancements follow simply from prior effects on item-memory, or also strengthen associations between items. Participants studied word pairs varying in imageability or frequency: pairs were "pure" (high-high, low-low) or "mixed" (high-low, low-high) where "high" and "low" refer to imageability or frequency values and are probed with forward (A-?) and backward (?-B) cues. Probabilistic model fits to the data suggested that imageability primarily improved retrieval of associations, but frequency primarily improved recall of target items. All pair types exhibited a high correlation between forward and backward probe accuracy, a measure of holistic learning (Kahana, 2002), which extends the boundary conditions of holistic association-memory and challenges Paivio's (1971) suggestion that holistic learning depends critically on imagery. In sum, item properties can boost association-memory beyond simply boosting target retrievability. (Contains 3 tables and 8 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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