publication . Preprint . 2009

Murdock free recall data: The initial recall search identifies the context by the location of the least remembered item and produces only better remembered items in proportion to the total recall difference.

Tarnow, Dr. Eugen;
Open Access
  • Published: 23 Nov 2009
Abstract
The curious free recall data of Murdock (1962) shows an additional surprise that seems to have gone undetected until now: the probability of guessing an item in the initial recall is not identical to the overall free recall curve. Initial recall of an item is well correlated with the total recall of that item using a straight line but with an unexpected offset. The offset varies with the presentation rate and the total number of list items but in each case it is the same as the total recall probability of the least recalled item. Thus for the initial “freest” of recalls the location of the least remembered item is identified, in effect identifying the context, a...
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Medical Subject Headings: behavioral disciplines and activities
free text keywords: Neuropsychology
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