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Abolishing the word-length effect

Hulme, C., Suprenant, A.M., Bireta, T.J., Stuart, G. and Neath, I. (2004) Abolishing the word-length effect. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory & Cognition, 30 (1). pp. 98-106. ISSN 0278-7393

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Abstract

The authors report 2 experiments that compare the recall of long and short words in pure and mixed lists. In pure lists, long words were much more poorly remembered than short words. In mixed lists, this word-length effect was abolished and both the long and short words were recalled as well as short words in pure lists. These findings contradict current models that seek to explain the word-length effect in terms of item-based effects such as difficulty in assembling items, or in terms of list-based accounts of rehearsal speed. An alternative explanation, drawing on ideas of item complexity and item distinctiveness, is proposed.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Psychology (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2009 13:21
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2009 13:21
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/0278-7393.30.1.98
Status: Published
Publisher: Apa American Psychological Association
Identification Number: 10.1037/0278-7393.30.1.98
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/6671

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