Evidence for time-based models of free recall

G.D.A. Brown, C. Morin, Stephan Lewandowsky

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Is memory temporally organized? According to temporal distinctiveness models of memory, temporally isolated items should be better remembered than temporally crowded items in free recall tasks. Here, we tested this class of model by varying the temporal isolation of items either predictably (Experiment 1) or unpredictably (Experiment 2) in a free recall task. In both experiments, item recall probability increased as a function of the temporal gaps both before and after the item. The results are taken as support for temporal distinctiveness models of memory, in which items are represented and recalled in terms of their positions along a temporal dimension.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)717-723
JournalPsychonomic Bulletin & Review
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2006


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