Articulatory and Phonological Determinants of Word Length Effects in Span Tasks

  title={Articulatory and Phonological Determinants of Word Length Effects in Span Tasks},
  author={David N. Caplan and Elizabeth Rochon and Gloria Waters},
  journal={Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology},
  pages={177 - 192}
Several previous studies have shown that memory span is greater for short words than for long words. This effect is claimed to occur even when the short and long words are matched for the number of syllables and phonemes and so to provide evidence for subvocal articulation as being one mechanism that underlies memory span (Baddeley, Thomson, & Buchanan, 1975). The three experiments reported in this paper further investigate the articulatory determinants of word length effects on span tasks… 

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