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Recall termination in free recall

Jonathan F Miller, Christoph Weidemann, Michael J Kahana

Memory & Cognition, Volume: 40, Issue: 4, Pages: 540 - 550

Swansea University Author: Christoph Weidemann

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Abstract

Although much is known about the dynamics of memory search in the free recall task, relatively little is known about the factors related to recall termination. Reanalyzing individual trial data from 14 prior studies (1,079 participants in 28,015 trials) and defining termination as occurring when a f...

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Published in: Memory & Cognition
ISSN: 0090-502X 1532-5946
Published: 2012
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa7908
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Abstract: Although much is known about the dynamics of memory search in the free recall task, relatively little is known about the factors related to recall termination. Reanalyzing individual trial data from 14 prior studies (1,079 participants in 28,015 trials) and defining termination as occurring when a final response is followed by a long nonresponse interval, we observed that termination probability increased throughout the recall period and that retrieval was more likely to terminate following an error than following a correct response. Among errors, termination probability was higher following prior-list intrusions and repetitions than following extralist intrusions. To verify that this pattern of results can be seen in a single study, we report a new experiment in which 80 participants contributed recall data from a total of 9,122 trials. This experiment replicated the pattern observed in the aggregate analysis of the prior studies.
College: College of Human and Health Sciences
Issue: 4
Start Page: 540
End Page: 550