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CogLab Report: Serial Position Introduction A general finding of free-recall tasks is that recall of an item is strongly influenced by its position in a list. A common finding is that the last few items in the list are remembered best (called a recency effect), the first few items are remembered fairly well (called a primacy effect), but items in the middle of the list are not recalled very well at all. Surprisingly, this property hold true for many types of items and for a wide variety of durations (seconds to years). The effect of serial position has played a major role in the development of memory theories. This demonstration explores the effect of list position on free recall. In many instances, we are presented with a list of items and must remember each of the items, i.e. a grocery list. If the order of the items is not required for accurate recall, the task is said to be unordered or free. The subject will be shown a sequence of ten letters, each presented for one second.
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This note was uploaded on 03/20/2008 for the course PSY 432 taught by Professor Hornak during the Spring '08 term at Meredith.

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