THE EFFECTS OF FAMILIARITY ON THE PERCEPTUAL RECOGNITION AND CATEGORIZATION OF VERBAL INFORMATION
MICHIGAN UNIV ANN ARBOR DEPT OF PHYSIOLOGY
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The effects of stimulus familiarity on the processing of stimulus and memorial information were investigated in two tasks one which supposedly required only the perceptual recognition of each stimulus word E task, and one which required a meaningful categorization of each stimulus word C task. A comparison of the data for the two tasks and a consideration of the slopes of the RT functions obtained in the E task indicated that these functions reflected a memory process that follows recognition, rather than the recognition process itself. It was this memory process, rather than recognition, which seemed to be sensitive to familiarity. In the C task it appeared that familiarity affected both the retrieval and testing of the stored information about the meanings of the stimulus words.