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When does between-sequence phonological similarity promote irrelevant sound disruption?

Marsh, John E., Vachon, François and Jones, Dylan Marc ORCID: 2008. When does between-sequence phonological similarity promote irrelevant sound disruption? Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition 34 (1) , pp. 243-248. 10.1037/0278-7393.34.1.243

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Typically, the phonological similarity between to-be-recalled items and TBI auditory stimuli has no impact if recall in serial order is required. However, in the present study, the authors have shown that the free recall, but not serial recall, of lists of phonologically related to-be-remembered items was disrupted by an irrelevant sound stream (end rhymes) sharing similar phonological content. These findings can be explained by the notion that between-sequence phonological similarity effects emerge when category-cueing processes become an important determinant for recall, such as when shared category information can be used as a retrieval aid to cue list items or plausible list candidates. In this case, the presence of categorically similar irrelevant items impairs the retrieval of list items and leads to intrusion error. Implications of these results for theories of auditory distraction are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Publisher: American Psychological Association
ISSN: 1939-1285
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2022 10:25

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