An item/order tradeoff explanation of word length and generation effects

Hendry, Liam and Tehan, Gerald (2005) An item/order tradeoff explanation of word length and generation effects. Memory, 13 (3/4). pp. 364-371. ISSN 0965-8211


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[Abstract]: The item-order hypothesis suggests that under certain conditions increased item processing can lead to deficits in order processing, and that this produces a dissociation in performance between item and order tasks. The generation effect is one such example. The word length effect is seen as another instance where this tradeoff might be observed. The following experiments compare word length and generation effects under serial recall and single item recognition conditions. Short words are better recalled than long words on the serial recall task but long words were better recognised than short words. The results are consistent with the item-order approach and support a novel explanation for the word length effect.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:37
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2016 04:36
Uncontrolled Keywords: word length, generation effect, item-order, serial recall, recognition
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/09658210344000341

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