Serial position and rated importance in the recall of text

Peter Freebody Freebody, Richard C. Anderson

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The relationship between a proposition's serial position, its rated importance, and the probability of its appearance in free recall protocols was examined. A total of eight passages were each read and recalled by about 60 sixth-grade students. It was found that both rated importance and position predict recall. In addition, the quadratic of serial position was a significant predictor, indicating a “recency” effect.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-36
Number of pages6
JournalDiscourse Processes
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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