The effect of item and relational processing on incidental long-term memory for order

Tehan, Gerald and Fallon, Anthony Bruce and Randall, Natalie (1997) The effect of item and relational processing on incidental long-term memory for order. Memory, 5 (4). pp. 457-482. ISSN 0965-8211


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[Abstract]: While stimulus similarity and levels of processing are often manipulated in
long-term episodic tasks that test item memory, little attention has been paid to how these variables affect long-term memory for temporal order. The effects of these variables on order memory was tested using a task that required the reconstruction of the initial presentation order of short lists after a filled delay. Initial learning of the lists always involved incidental processing procedures ranging from low-level item processes to high-level relational processes. In all experiments, changes in stimulus similarity and processing tasks had similar effects on order memory to the effects found in tasks involving long-term item memory. An interpretation of the data was proposed, based upon the joint contribution of distinctive item and relational processing, and poor encoding of order information with shallow processing. It was concluded that item information must play a significant role in the long-term order reconstruction task.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Authors' final version of the text made available in accordance with copyright policy of publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:54
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:41
Uncontrolled Keywords: long-term memory, order memory, item information
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology

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