Syntax and serial recall: How language supports short-term memory for order.

@article{Perham2009SyntaxAS,
  title={Syntax and serial recall: How language supports short-term memory for order.},
  author={Nick Perham and John E. Marsh and Dylan M. Jones},
  journal={Quarterly journal of experimental psychology},
  year={2009},
  volume={62 7},
  pages={
          1285-91
        }
}
The extent to which familiar syntax supports short-term serial recall of visually presented six-item sequences was shown by the superior recall of lists in which item pairs appeared in the order of "adjective-noun" (items 1-2, 3-4, 5-6)--congruent with English syntax--compared to when the order of items within pairs was reversed. The findings complement other evidence suggesting that short-term memory is an assemblage of language processing and production processes more than it is a bespoke… CONTINUE READING

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