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Time scale similarity and long-term memory for autobiographical events

Moreton, BJ and Ward, GD (2010) 'Time scale similarity and long-term memory for autobiographical events.' Psychonomic Bulletin & Revie, 17 (4). pp. 510-515. ISSN 1069-9384

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We examine the extent to which retrieval from very long-term autobiographical memory is similar when participants are asked to retrieve from widely differing periods of time. Three groups of 20 participants were given 4 min to recall autobiographical events from the last 5 weeks, 5 months, or 5 years. Following recall, the participants dated their events. Similar retrieval rates, relative recency effects, and relative lag-recency effects were found, despite the fact that the considered time scales varied by a factor of 52. These data are broadly consistent with the principle of recency, the principle of contiguity (Howard & Kahana, 2002), and scale similarity in the rates of recall (Brown, Neath, & Chater, 2007; Maylor, Chater, & Brown, 2001). These findings are taken as support for models of memory that predict time scale similarity in retrieval, such as SIMPLE (Brown et al., 2007) and TCM (Howard & Kahana, 2002).

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Humans; Probability; Mental Recall; Time Perception; Models, Psychological; Retention, Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2011 21:26
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 00:55

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