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The distinctiveness of the word-length effect

Hulme, C., Neath, I., George, S., Shosak, L., Surprenant, A.M. and Brown, G.D.A. (2006) The distinctiveness of the word-length effect. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory & Cognition, 32 ( 3). pp. 586-594. ISSN 0278-7393

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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: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Psychology (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2009 14:06
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2009 14:06
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/0278-7393.32.3.586
Status: Published
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Identification Number: 10.1037/0278-7393.32.3.586
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/6693

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