Effects of word frequency and age of acquisition on short-term memory span
Roodenrys, Steven , Hulme, Charles, Alban, Janice, Ellis, Andrew W. and Brown, G. D. A. (Gordon D. A.). (1994) Effects of word frequency and age of acquisition on short-term memory span. Memory & Cognition, Vol.22 (No.6). pp. 695-701. ISSN 0090-502XFull text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3758/BF03209254
The experiments reported examine the effects of two highly related variables, word frequency and age of acquisition, on short-term memory span. Short-term memory span and speech rate were measur ed for sets of words which independently manipulated frequency and age of acquisition. It was found tha t frequency had a considerable effect on short-term memory span, which was not mediated by speech rate differences - although frequency did affect speech rate in one experiment. For age of acquisition, this situation was reversed; there was a small but significant effect of age of acquisition on speech rate, but no effect on memory span. This occurred despite results confirming that the stimuli used in the experiments produce an effect of age of acquisition on word naming. The results are discussed in terms of a two-component view of performance on short-term memory tasks.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
|Divisions:||Faculty of Science > Psychology|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Language and languages -- Word frequency, Short-term memory -- Experiments, Language acquisition -- Age factors, Psycholinguistics|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Memory & Cognition|
|Publisher:||Springer New York LLC|
|Page Range:||pp. 695-701|
|Funder:||Economic and Social Research Council (Great Britain) (ESRC)|
|Grant number:||R000 23 2576 (ESRC)|
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