Effects of Cuing on Short-Term Retention of Order Information

Alice F. Healy, David W. Fendrich, Thomas F. Cunningham, Robert E. Till

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In two experiments, subjects recalled one of two letter sequences following a digit-filled retention interval. Recall performance was increased by precues informing subjects which letter sequence would be tested, and the cuing advantage remained throughout 60-digit retention intervals. No improvement was found, however, for cues occurring after the letters but before the digits. The cuing effects were attributed to encoding, not rehearsal, processes and were explained by a version of the Estes perturbation model, which included a long-term storage component and a fixed perturbation probability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)413-425
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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