Information-Processing Demands of Transitive Inference

Maybery M.T., Bain J.D. and Halford G.S. (1986) Information-Processing Demands of Transitive Inference. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 12 4: 600-613. doi:10.1037/0278-7393.12.4.600


Author Maybery M.T.
Bain J.D.
Halford G.S.
Title Information-Processing Demands of Transitive Inference
Journal name Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0278-7393
Publication date 1986-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1037/0278-7393.12.4.600
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Volume 12
Issue 4
Start page 600
End page 613
Total pages 14
Subject 3205 Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
Abstract The information-processing demands of transitive inference problems were investigated with a probe reaction-time (RT) secondary task. Two versions of a primary task were used: the standard three-term inference problem and a matched verification task that did not require premise integration. In the first two experiments the premise and target-matching components of the primary task were presented sequentially. For the transitive inference task, probe RT was especially slow when the probe occurred during the second premise phase, but no such effect was found with the matched verification task. This implies that premise integration imposed an increased load on processing resources. A third experiment showed that the processing demand associated with premise integration also occurred with simultaneous presentation. Other variations in problem form (e.g., premise markedness, negation, and pivot search) did not influence probe RT, although they are known to affect solution time. Thus, solution time and measures of processing load may be independent.
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