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When unfamiliarity matters: Changing environmental context between study and test affects recognition memory for unfamiliar stimuli

Russo, R and Ward, GD and Geurts, H and Scheres, A (1999) 'When unfamiliarity matters: Changing environmental context between study and test affects recognition memory for unfamiliar stimuli.' Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 25 (2). pp. 488-499. ISSN 0278-7393

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Abstract

Performance in recognition memory has been shown to be relatively insensitive to the effect of environmental context changes between study and test. Recent evidence (P. Dalton, 1993) showed that environmental context changes between study and test affected recognition memory discrimination for unfamiliar stimuli (faces). The present study presented 2 experiments that replicated this finding, refined the experimental methodology, and extended the findings to unfamiliar verbal material (nonwords). Finally, a 3rd experiment showed that contextual changes did not affect recognition memory discrimination for familiar verbal material (words). Overall, the present study provides evidence in favor of context-dependent recognition when the material to be remembered is unfamiliar

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, School of
Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2015 09:06
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2022 02:47
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/13235

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