A recency-based account of the primacy effect in free recall.

@article{Tan2000ARA,
  title={A recency-based account of the primacy effect in free recall.},
  author={Liang Tan and Geoff Ward},
  journal={Journal of experimental psychology. Learning, memory, and cognition},
  year={2000},
  volume={26 6},
  pages={
          1589-625
        }
}
Seven experiments investigated the role of rehearsal in free recall to determine whether accounts of recency effects based on the ratio rule could be extended to provide an account of primacy effects based on the number, distribution, and recency of the rehearsals of the study items. Primacy items were rehearsed more often and further toward the end of the list than middle items, particularly with a slow presentation rate (Experiment 1) and with high-frequency words (Experiment 2). Recency, but… CONTINUE READING
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