Recall of previously unrecallable information following a shift in perspective

Richard C. Anderson, James W. Pichert

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College undergraduates read a story about two boys playing hooky from school from the perspective of either a burglar or a person interested in buying a home. After recalling the story once, subjects were directed to shift perspectives and then recall the story again. In two experiments, subjects produced on the second recall significantly more information important to the second perspective that had been unimportant to the first. They also recalled less information unimportant to the second perspective which had been important to the first. These data clearly show the operation of retrieval processes independent from encoding processes. An analysis of interview protocols suggested that the instruction to take a new perspective led subjects to invoke a schema that provided implicit cues for different categories of story information.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Verbal Learning and Verbal Behavior
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1978

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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