Analyzing the dynamics of free recall: An integrative review of the empirical literature.

@article{Wixted1994AnalyzingTD,
  title={Analyzing the dynamics of free recall: An integrative review of the empirical literature.},
  author={John T. Wixted and Doug Rohrer},
  journal={Psychonomic bulletin & review},
  year={1994},
  volume={1 1},
  pages={89-106}
}
Relatively few experiments have measured the time course of free recall from episodic or semantic memory. Of those that have, most report that cumulative recall is a negatively accelerated exponential (or hyperbolic) function that is characterized by two properties: asymptotic recall and rate of approach to asymptote. The most common measure of free recall performance (viz., the number of items recalled) provides a reasonably good estimate of asymptotic recall if a relatively long recall period… CONTINUE READING
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