The distinctiveness of the word-length effect
Hulme, Charles, Neath, Ian, Stuart, George, Shostak, Lisa, Surprenant, Aimée M. and Brown, G. D. A.. (2006) The distinctiveness of the word-length effect. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, Vol.32 (No.3). pp. 586-594. ISSN 0278-7393Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/0278-73188.8.131.526
The authors report 2 experiments that compare the serial recall of pure lists of long words, pure lists of short words, and lists of long or short words containing just a single isolated word of a different length. In both experiments for pure lists, there was a substantial recall advantage for short words; the isolated words were recalled better than other words in the same list, and there was a reverse word-length effect: Isolated long words were recalled better than isolated short words. These results contradict models that seek to explain the word-length effect in terms of list-based accounts of rehearsal speed or in terms of item-based effects (such as difficulty of assembling items).
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
|Divisions:||Faculty of Science > Psychology|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Recollection (Psychology), Memory -- Experiments, Linguistic analysis (Linguistics), Word (Linguistics)|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition|
|Publisher:||American Psychological Association|
|Official Date:||May 2006|
|Number of Pages:||9|
|Page Range:||pp. 586-594|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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