Word length and age influences on forward and backward immediate serial recall

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


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.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published online 15 Jul 2011
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2012 12:16
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2014 04:50
Uncontrolled Keywords: short-term memory; word length; forward recall; backward recall; aging
Fields of Research : 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: C Society > 92 Health > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920502 Health Related to Ageing
Identification Number or DOI: 10.3758/s13421-011-0127-7
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/21462

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