Backward recall and the word length effect.

@article{Surprenant2011BackwardRA,
  title={Backward recall and the word length effect.},
  author={Aim{\'e}e M. Surprenant and Mark Ashley Brown and Annie Jalbert and Ian Neath and Tamra J Bireta and Gerald Tehan},
  journal={The American journal of psychology},
  year={2011},
  volume={124 1},
  pages={75-86}
}
The word length effect, the finding that words that have fewer syllables are recalled better than otherwise comparable words that have more syllables, is one of the benchmark effects that must be accounted for in any model of serial recall, and simulation models of immediate memory rely heavily on the finding. However, previous research has shown that the effect disappears when participants are asked to recall the items in strict backward order. The present 2 experiments replicate and extend… CONTINUE READING

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