Baker, Rosemary and Tehan, Gerald and Tehan, Hannah (2012) Word length and age influences on forward and backward immediate serial recall. Memory and Cognition, 40 (1). pp. 40-51. ISSN 0090-502X
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Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.3758/s13421-011-0127-7
The present research is aimed at understanding the processes involved in short-term memory and how they interact with age. Specifically, word length effects were examined under forward serial recall, backward serial recall, and item recognition tasks, with performance being interpreted within an item-order theoretical framework. The interaction of age, word length, and direction of recall was examined in two experiments, the first of which confirmed that the word length was present with forward recall and absent with backward recall. In addition, age effects were stronger in backward recall than in forward recall. In the second experiment, an item-order trade-off methodology was utilized with backward recall. When order memory was required, there was no word length effect and strong age effects. When memory was tested via an item recognition test, there was a reverse word length effect and no age effect. While word length effects can be interpreted within the item-order framework, age effects cannot.
|Item Type:||Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)|
|Additional Information:||Published online 15 Jul 2011|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||short-term memory; word length; forward recall; backward recall; aging|
|Fields of Research (FOR2008):||17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170112 Sensory Processes, Perception and Performance|
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1702 Cognitive Sciences > 170201 Computer Perception, Memory and Attention
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170110 Psychological Methodology, Design and Analysis
|Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008):||C Society > 92 Health > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920502 Health Related to Ageing|
|Deposited On:||25 Jul 2012 22:16|
|Last Modified:||07 Nov 2012 13:54|
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