Recognizing the Presidents

  title={Recognizing the Presidents},
  author={Henry L. Roediger and K. Andrew DeSoto},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  pages={644 - 650}
Studies over the past 40 years have shown that Americans can recall about half the U.S. presidents. Do people know the presidents even though they are unable to access them for recall? We investigated this question using the powerful cues of a recognition test. Specifically, we tested the ability of 326 online subjects to recognize U.S. presidents when presented with their full names among various types of lures. The hit rate for presidential recognition was .88, well above the proportion… 

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