The roles of semantic similarity and proactive interference in the word length effect.

@article{Goh2006TheRO,
  title={The roles of semantic similarity and proactive interference in the word length effect.},
  author={Winston D. Goh and Chang Khiang Goh},
  journal={Psychonomic bulletin & review},
  year={2006},
  volume={13 6},
  pages={978-84}
}
We examined the influence of semantic similarity and proactive interference (PI) on the word length effect (WLE) in immediate serial recall. Word length was manipulated by comparing memory for monosyllabic versus multisyllabic words. PI effects were evaluated by manipulating semantic similarity in the to-be-remembered lists and examining its impact on the WLE's magnitude across eight-trial blocks. Words were sampled from a single semantic category across the entire block, from a single category… CONTINUE READING