Some Tests of the Decay Theory of Immediate Memory

  title={Some Tests of the Decay Theory of Immediate Memory},
  author={John Brown},
  journal={Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology},
  pages={12 - 21}
  • John Brown
  • Published 1958
  • Psychology
  • Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology
The hypothesis of decay of the memory trace as a cause of forgetting has been unpopular. The reasons for this unpopularity are criticized and a theory of the memory span, based on this hypothesis, is put forward. Three experiments which test the hypothesis are described. In each, two kinds of stimuli are presented to the subject, viz., “required” stimuli, which he attempts to remember, and “additional” stimuli, to which he merely makes responses. The first experiment will show that even when… Expand

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