Order recall in verbal short-term memory: the role of semantic networks

Poirier, Marie and Saint-Aubin, Jean and Mair, Ali and Tehan, Gerald and Tolan, Anne (2015) Order recall in verbal short-term memory: the role of semantic networks. Memory and Cognition, 43 (3). pp. 489-499. ISSN 0090-502X


In their recent paper, Acheson, MacDonald, and Postle (2011) made an important but controversial suggestion: they hypothesised that a) semantic information has an effect on order information in short-term memory (STM) and b) that order recall in STM is based on the level of activation of items within the relevant lexico-semantic long-term memory (LTM) network. However, verbal STM research typically has led to the conclusion that factors such as semantic category have a large effect on the number of correctly recalled items and little or no impact on order recall (Poirier & Saint-Aubin, 1995; Tse, 2009; Saint-Aubin, Ouellette, & Poirier, 2005). Moreover most formal models of short-term order memory currently suggest a separate mechanism for order coding – that is one that is separate from item representation and not associated with long-term memory lexico-semantic networks. Both of the studies reported here tested the predictions we derived from Acheson et al. The findings show that as predicted, manipulations aiming to affect the activation of item representations significantly impacted order memory.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright Psychonomic Society, Inc. 2014. Permanent restricted access to Published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2014 12:00
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2016 04:53
Uncontrolled Keywords: short-term memory; working memory; order recall; immediate memory; activated long-term memory
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1702 Cognitive Sciences > 170201 Computer Perception, Memory and Attention
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: 10.3758/s13421-014-0470-6
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/26389

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