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J Exp Psychol Learn Mem Cogn. 2006 May;32(3):586-94.

The distinctiveness of the word-length effect.

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Department of Psychology, University of York, York, England. ch1@york.ac.uk

Abstract

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).

PMID:
16719668
DOI:
10.1037/0278-7393.32.3.586
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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