Accession Number:

ADA022237

Title:

Cognitive Structures in Human Story Comprehension and Memory,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1975-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

183.0

Abstract:

This research examines the effects of structure and content variables in memory and comprehension of prose passages. The passages utilizied represent a large class of simple narrative stories containing a setting, main character, problem to be solved, plot sequence, and resolution. A process model for the comprehension of these stories is proposed which assumes that stories are encoded in a hierarchical organizational framework which represents the abstract structural relationships of the plot. The implications of the model for the quality and characteristics of subjects memory for stories is tested in a series of experiments.

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE