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Contextual match and cue-independence of retrieval-induced forgetting: testing the prediction of the model by Norman, Newman, and Detre (2007).

Hanczakowski, Maciej; Mazzoni, Giuliana

Authors

Maciej Hanczakowski

Giuliana Mazzoni G.Mazzoni@hull.ac.uk



Abstract

Retrieval-induced forgetting (RIF) is the finding of impaired memory performance for information stored in long-term memory due to retrieval of a related set of information. This phenomenon is often assigned to operations of a specialized mechanism recruited to resolve interference during retrieval by deactivating competing memory representations. This inhibitory account is supported by, among others, findings showing that RIF occurs with independent cues not used during retrieval practice. However, these findings are not always consistent. Recently, Norman, Newman, and Detre (2007) have proposed a model that aims at resolving discrepancies concerning cue-independence of RIF. The model predicts that RIF should be present with independent cues when episodic associations are created between independent cues and their targets in the same episodic context that is later used to cue memory during retrieval practice. In the present study we aimed to test this prediction. We associated studied items with semantically unrelated words during the main study phase of the retrieval practice paradigm, and we tested memory with both cues used during retrieval practice (Experiment 2) and episodic associates serving as independent cues (Experiments 3a and 3b). Although RIF was present when the same cues were used during retrieval practice and a final test, contrary to the prediction formulated by Norman et al., RIF failed to emerge when episodic associates were employed as independent cues.

Citation

Hanczakowski, M., & Mazzoni, G. (2013). Contextual match and cue-independence of retrieval-induced forgetting: testing the prediction of the model by Norman, Newman, and Detre (2007). Journal of experimental psychology. Learning, memory, and cognition, 39(3), (953-958). doi:10.1037/a0030531. ISSN 0278-7393

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 1, 2013
Publication Date May 1, 2013
Journal Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition
Print ISSN 0278-7393
Electronic ISSN 1939-1285
Publisher American Psychological Association
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 39
Issue 3
Pages 953-958
DOI https://doi.org/10.1037/a0030531
Keywords Linguistics and Language; Experimental and Cognitive Psychology; Language and Linguistics
Public URL https://hull-repository.worktribe.com/output/429212