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Title:The Cognitive Representation of Mundane Social Events
Author(s):Trafimow, David Aaron
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Wyer, Robert S., Jr.
Department / Program:Psychology
Discipline:Psychology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):Psychology, Social
Psychology, General
Psychology, Experimental
Abstract:An important issue in the event memory area concerns the effects of prior knowledge on how newly encountered event sequences become represented in memory. The following experiments address two relevant questions. First, when people encounter events that exemplify a schema, do they copy instantiations of schema-defining concepts into the representation they form? Second, when people encounter schema-unrelated events, do they encode these events separately, or do they associate them with events that exemplify the schema? I hypothesize that when people encounter events that exemplify a schema, they usually do not copy instantiations of schema-defining events into the representation they form. This happens only when a schema-unrelated event is encountered that requires knowledge of a defining event in order to localize the point in the overall sequence at which it occurred. Two experiments provided preliminary support for the theory. Four other experiments tested further its implications.
Issue Date:1993
Type:Text
Description:119 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1993.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/72121
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI9314952
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-17
Date Deposited:1993


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