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Exploring the suffix effect in serial visuospatial short-term memory

Parmentier, Fabrice B., Tremblay, Sebastien and Jones, Dylan Marc ORCID: 2004. Exploring the suffix effect in serial visuospatial short-term memory. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review 11 (2) , pp. 289-295. 10.3758/BF03196572

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The suffix effect--the loss of recency induced by a redundant end-of-list item--was studied in a visuospatial serial recall task involving the memory for the position of dots on a screen. A visuospatial suffix markedly impaired recall of the last to-be-remembered dot. The impact on recall was roughly of equal magnitude whether the suffix shared attributes with the to-be-remembered dots (Experiment 1) or was visually distinct (Experiments 2 and 3). Although the presence of a tone suffix also impaired serial memory for the last items in the sequence, the impact of a visuospatial suffix was more marked, implying a specific as well as a possible general effect of suffix in the visuospatial domain (Experiment 4). The suffix effect seems not to be a phenomenon confined to verbal material but rather a universal phenomenon possibly related to grouping.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Additional Information: This work was supported in the form of a project grant to D.M.J. from the Defence Evaluation & Research Agency (Farnborough, Hampshire), Centre for Human Sciences, and by QR support from the University of Plymouth to F.B.R.P.
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 1069-9384
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 09:08

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