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Memory. 2017 Jul;25(6):793-799. doi: 10.1080/09658211.2016.1222443. Epub 2016 Aug 24.

Tactile Ranschburg effects: facilitation and inhibitory repetition effects analogous to verbal memory.

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a Department of Psychology, Faculty of Science & Technology , Bournemouth University , Poole , UK.


The present paper examines the effect of within-sequence item repetitions in tactile order memory. Employing an immediate serial recall procedure, participants reconstructed a six-item sequence tapped upon their fingers by moving those fingers in the order of original stimulation. In Experiment 1a, within-sequence repetition of an item separated by two-intervening items resulted in a significant reduction in recall accuracy for that repeated item (i.e., the Ranschburg effect). In Experiment 1b, within-sequence repetition of an adjacent item resulted in significant recall facilitation for that repeated item. These effects mirror those reported for verbal stimuli (e.g., Henson, 1998a . Item repetition in short-term memory: Ranschburg repeated. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 24(5), 1162-1181. These data are the first to demonstrate the Ranschburg effect with non-verbal stimuli and suggest further cross-modal similarities in order memory.


Ranschburg effect; Tactile memory; order memory; response suppression; serial position effects

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