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Temporal associative processes revealed by intrusions in paired-associate recall

Davis, Orin C. and Geller, Aaron S. and Rizzuto, Daniel S. and Kahana, Michael J. (2008) Temporal associative processes revealed by intrusions in paired-associate recall. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 15 (1). pp. 64-69. ISSN 1069-9384. https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:DAVpbr08

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Abstract

Although much is known about the factors that influence the acquisition and retention of individual paired associates, the existence of temporally defined associations spanning multiple pairs has not been demonstrated. We report two experiments in which subjects studied randomly paired nouns for a subsequent cued recall test. When subjects recalled nontarget items, their intrusions tended to come from nearby pairs. This across-pair contiguity effect was graded, spanning noncontiguously studied word pairs. The existence of such long-range temporally defined associations lends further support to contextual-retrieval models of episodic association.


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Additional Information:Copyright 2008 Psychonomic Society, Inc. Manuscript received September 18, 2006; revision accepted for publication May 8, 2007. The first two authors contributed equally to this article. This research was funded by National Institutes of Health Grants MH55687 and MH61975. We thank Gordon Brown for suggesting the analysis of intrusions as a function of temporal separation at study. We thank Marc Howard and Jeremy Caplan for their comments on an earlier version of this article, and we thank Michele Tully, Ben Wellington, and Dan Shiber for their assistance.
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National Institutes of HealthMH55687
National Institutes of HealthMH61975
Subject Keywords:SHORT-TERM-MEMORY; TRIAL FREE-RECALL; SERIAL ORDER; NETWORK MODEL; LIST MEMORY; POSITION; SYMMETRY; CONTEXT; RECENCY
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