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Title:Remembering you read “doctoral dissertation”: Phrase frequency effects in recall and recognition memory
Author(s):Jacobs, Cassandra L.
Director of Research:Dell, Gary S.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Dell, Gary S.
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Federmeier, Kara; Benjamin, Aaron S.; Sahakyan, Lili; Fisher, Cynthia
Department / Program:Psychology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Recognition memory
Multiword expressions
Phrase frequency
Abstract:Speakers understand and produce common words like cat more easily than less common words like panther. Similarly, this pattern of behavior shows up at larger levels, processing common combinations of words like alcoholic beverages more quickly than less common ones like psychic nephew. As a result, many researchers have concluded that these combinations of words have word-like representations in long-term memory as a way of explaining how both words and phrases can be easier to process the more common they are. This dissertation challenges these assumptions by using episodic memory tasks such as yes-no recognition and immediate free recall of combinations of words, under the premise that word-like representations for phrases should lead to word-like patterns of episodic memory. The results and a corresponding verbal model demonstrate that combinations of words are processed more easily not because phrases have the same structures as words, but because of the strength of association between the two words within a phrase, which leads to facilitated processing.
Issue Date:2017-04-18
Rights Information:Copyright 2017 Cassandra Jacobs
Date Available in IDEALS:2017-08-10
Date Deposited:2017-05

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