The shape of things to come: evaluating word frequency as a continuous variable in recognition memory.

@article{Hemmer2013TheSO,
  title={The shape of things to come: evaluating word frequency as a continuous variable in recognition memory.},
  author={Pernille Hemmer and Amy H. Criss},
  journal={Journal of experimental psychology. Learning, memory, and cognition},
  year={2013},
  volume={39 6},
  pages={1947-52}
}
The role of experience in memory, specifically the word frequency (WF) mirror effect showing higher hit rates and lower false alarm rates for low-frequency words, is one of the hallmarks of memory. However, this "regularity of memory" is limited because normative WF has been treated as discrete (low vs. high). We evaluate the extent to which the prototypical WF mirror effect holds when WF is treated as a continuous variable. We find a clear nonmonotonic U-shaped relationship. Hit rates are… CONTINUE READING

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