SOME EVIDENCE FOR CODING PROCESSES DERIVED FROM CLUSTERING IN FREE RECALL.
PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIV UNIVERSITY PARK DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY
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Clustering in free recall has often been interpreted as arising from use of the category name as a coding response. Data relevant to this interpretation are presented and interpreted with regard to three free recall situations in which clustering is observed. It is concluded that category names do not play roles in clustering in the category clustering situation or in the difference in clustering found for sets of words which comprise all the items of a category as compared with word sets which do not exhaust a category. However, there is evidence that the greater clustering found for categorized pair members than for non-categorized pair members with equal associative overlap may be due to the greater codability of the categorized pairs. Author