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Not lost in translation: writing auditorily presented words at study increases correct recognition “at no cost”

Dewhurst, Stephen A.; Rackie, James M.; van Esch, Lotte


James M. Rackie

Lotte van Esch


© 2016 Taylor & Francis. Previous studies have reported a translation effect in memory, whereby encoding tasks that involve translating between processing domains produce a memory advantage relative to tasks that involve a single domain. We investigated the effects of translation on true and false memories using the Deese/Roediger-McDermott (DRM) procedure [Deese, J. (1959). On the prediction of occurrence of particular verbal intrusions in immediate recall. Journal of Experimental Psychology, 58, 17–22; Roediger, H. L., III, & McDermott, K. B. (1995). Creating false memories: Remembering words not presented in lists. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, 21, 803–814]. Translation between modalities enhanced correct recognition but had no effect on false recognition. Results are consistent with previous research showing that correct memory can be enhanced “at no cost” in terms of accuracy. Findings are discussed in terms of understanding the relationship between true and false memories produced by the DRM procedure.


Dewhurst, S. A., Rackie, J. M., & van Esch, L. (2016). Not lost in translation: writing auditorily presented words at study increases correct recognition “at no cost”. Journal of cognitive psychology, 28(4), 437-442.

Acceptance Date Jan 18, 2016
Online Publication Date Feb 10, 2016
Publication Date May 18, 2016
Deposit Date Feb 4, 2016
Publicly Available Date Nov 23, 2017
Journal Journal of cognitive psychology
Print ISSN 2044-5911
Electronic ISSN 2044-592X
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 28
Issue 4
Pages 437-442
Keywords Translation effect; Modality effects; Recognition memory; False memory
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Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Journal of cognitive psychology on 10 Feb 2016, available online:


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