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Type: Journal article
Title: The role of stimulus type in list length effects in recognition memory
Author: Kinnell, A.
Dennis, S.
Citation: Memory and Cognition, 2012; 40(3):311-325
Publisher: Psychonomic Soc Inc
Issue Date: 2012
ISSN: 0090-502X
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Angela Kinnell, Simon Dennis
Abstract: While many studies have investigated the list length effect in recognition memory, few have done so with stimuli other than words. This article presents the results of four list length experiments that involved word pairs, faces, fractals, and photographs of scenes as the stimuli. A significant list length effect was identified when faces and fractals were the stimuli, but the effect was nonsignificant when the stimuli were word pairs or photographs of scenes. These findings suggest that the intrastimulus similarity is what dictates whether list length has a significant effect on recognition performance. As is the case with words, word pairs and photographs of scenes are not sufficiently similar to generate detectable item interference.
Keywords: Recognition
List length effect
Rights: © Psychonomic Society, Inc. 2011
DOI: 10.3758/s13421-011-0164-2
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