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Mem Cognit. 2001 Jul;29(5):774-6.

Phonological similarity in working memory.

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Department of Psychology, University of Notre Dame, Indiana 46556, USA. copeland.9@nd.edu

Abstract

That phonologically similar words in a short-term memory test are more difficult to recall than phonologically dissimilar words is a well-known phenomenon. This effect is the phonological similarity decrement. In the present study, we examined whether this phonological similarity decrement is present when additional semantic information is available, as in a reading span test, as compared with a standard presentation, or in the context of an operation span test. The results revealed a phonological similarity facilitation. Phonologically similar words were remembered better than phonologically dissimilar words.

PMID:
11531232
DOI:
10.3758/bf03200480
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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