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
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).
|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|
|Publisher:||American Psychological Association|