CATEGORY CLUSTERING: A 'PLAN' FOR CATEGORY RETRIEVAL IN FREE RECALL.
LOUISVILLE UNIV KY DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY AND SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY
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A thirty-item categorizeable word list was presented five times to 68 Ss with a three minute written recall period following each list presentation. The recall protocols were evaluated for evidence of category clustering CC. Two measures of CC were developed a category clustering index, and the number of intertrial category-pair repetitions. Substantial CC was obtained and was found to be significantly related to category recall. Further analyses suggested that 1 the amount of CC reflects limits of the memory store, 2 CC precedes word clustering, and 3 the degree of intercategory organization developed by S regulates the amount of intracategory organization he attains in recall. CC was characterized as constituting a plan for category retrieval. Author