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Temporal-spatial memory: retrieval of spatial information does not reduce recency

Farrand, P., Parmentier, Fabrice B. R. and Jones, Dylan Marc ORCID: 2001. Temporal-spatial memory: retrieval of spatial information does not reduce recency. Acta Psychologica 106 (3) , pp. 285-301. 10.1016/S0001-6918(00)00054-8

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Factors influencing the shape of serial position curves in non-verbal serial short-term memory were examined, using a task testing memory for the position of dots. Similar recency slopes were found when both position and order were recalled (Experiment 1A) and when order only was required (Experiment 1B). This observation was confirmed and tested further in conditions requiring the same encoding but different amounts of spatial information at retrieval (Experiment 2). However, Experiment 2 also revealed an effect of spatial information retrieval on the overall level of memory for recency items. Overall, the results indicate that spatial items produce bow-shaped serial positions curves in tasks requiring the maintenance of order information and that recency is affected by the demand on spatial information retrieval in terms of the overall level of performance but not in terms of the recency slope. These findings are contrary to what is found in the literature on serial verbal recall when both item and order information are required.

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
Uncontrolled Keywords: Serial position effect; Short-term memory
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0001-6918
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 09:08

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