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Serial position memory in the visual-spatial domain: Reconstructing sequences of unfamiliar faces.

Smyth, Mary M. and Hay, Dennis C. and Hitch, Graham J. and Horton, Neil J. (2005) Serial position memory in the visual-spatial domain: Reconstructing sequences of unfamiliar faces. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology Series a Human Experimental Psychology, 58 (5). pp. 909-930. ISSN 0272-4987

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Abstract

In two studies we presented pictures of unfamiliar faces one at a time, then presented the complete set at test and asked for serial reconstruction of the order of presentation. Serial position functions were similar to those found with verbal materials, with considerable primacy and one item recency, position errors that were mainly to the adjacent serial position, a visual similarity effect, and effects of articulatory suppression that did not interact with the serial position effect or with the similarity effect. Serial position effects were found when faces had been seen for as little as 300 ms and after a 6-s retention interval filled with articulatory suppression. Serial position effects found with unfamiliar faces are not based on verbal encoding strategies, and important elements of serial memory may be general across modalities.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology Series a Human Experimental Psychology
Additional Information: Hay co-designed the study, supervised the data collection, was involved with the data analysis and interpretation, and collaborated in the writing. This is one of the publications arising from the ESRC grant held with Smyth and Hitch. RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
Faculty of Science and Technology
ID Code: 3582
Deposited By: ep_importer
Deposited On: 07 Mar 2008 12:48
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:55
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/3582

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