Substance recall of sentences

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Seventy-three high school girls who received either imagery or repetition instructions attempted to recall a once-exposed series of 16 sentences shortly after exposure or one day later. Both the absolute and relative frequency with which semantically-related words were substituted for the verbatim language of the sentences increased over the retention interval. This fact was explained in terms of transfer from a phonological store to a semantic store. Sentences were almost always recalled as a whole if they were recalled at all, which was interpreted as evidence that sentences are learned and recalled as propositions rather than sets of independent associations among words or concepts.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)530-541
JournalThe Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1 1974


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