Episodic, generalized, and semantic memory tests: Switching and strength effects

Humphreys, Michael S. and Murray, Krista L. (2011) Episodic, generalized, and semantic memory tests: Switching and strength effects. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, 65 3: 192-199. doi:10.1037/a0023374

Author Humphreys, Michael S.
Murray, Krista L.
Title Episodic, generalized, and semantic memory tests: Switching and strength effects
Journal name Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1196-1961
Publication date 2011-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1037/a0023374
Volume 65
Issue 3
Start page 192
End page 199
Total pages 8
Place of publication Ottawa, ON, Canada
Publisher Canadian Psychological Association
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract We continue the process of investigating the probabilistic paired associate paradigm in an effort to understand the memory access control processes involved and to determine whether the memory structure produced is in transition between episodic and semantic memory. In this paradigm two targets are probabilistically paired with a cue across a large number of short lists. Participants can recall the target paired with the cue in the most recent list (list specific test), produce the first of the two targets that have been paired with that cue to come to mind (generalised test), and produce a free association response (semantic test). Switching between a generalised test and a list specific test did not produce a switching cost indicating a general similarity in the control processes involved. In addition, there was evidence for a dissociation between two different strength manipulations (amount of study time and number of cue-target pairings) such that number of pairings influenced the list specific, generalised and the semantic test but amount of study time only influenced the list specific and generalised test.
Keyword Episodic memory
Semantic memory
Task switching
Memory control
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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