THE EFFECT OF CONTEXT ON RECALL AND RECOGNITION OF LONG VERBAL SERIES
ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS DIV L G HANSCOM FIELD MA DECISION SCIENCES LAB
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The effects of context on the recall and recognition of words in that context were investigated under a variety of constraints. Results indicate that the recall of a particular word in a sentence when the sentence is presented for a second time with that word omitted is a direct function of the probability of the word occurring within the context, regardless of the word-frequency in the language 2 recognition of a particular word in a sentence is not influenced by the probability of the word occurring within the context 3 in recognition there is a strong response bias to identify a word as having previously occurred when long series of material are shown 4 in both recall and recognition there is a highly significant relationship between the confidence which is assigned to the response and the correctness of that response. The results are discussed in terms of retrieval of material from memory as involving a search process.