Remembering the Living

  title={Remembering the Living},
  author={James S. Nairne and Joshua E VanArsdall and Mindi Cogdill},
  journal={Current Directions in Psychological Science},
  pages={22 - 27}
Human cognition is sensitive to the distinction between living and nonliving things. Animacy plays a role in language comprehension, reasoning, the organization of knowledge, and perception. Although ignored until recently, animacy significantly influences basic memory processes as well. Recent research has indicated that people remember animate targets better than matched inanimate targets; in fact, an item’s animacy status is one of the best predictors of its later recall. Animate processing… 

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