Functional Characteristics of Auditory Temporal-Spatial Short-Term Memory: Evidence from Serial Order Errors

F.B.R. Parmentier, D.M. Jones

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Abstract

The functional characteristics of auditory temporal-spatial short-term memory were explored in 8 experiments in which the to-be-remembered stimuli were sequences of bursts of white noise presented in spatial locations separated in azimuth. Primacy and recency effects were observed in all experiments. A 10-s delay impaired recall for primacy and middle list items but not recency. This effect was shown not to depend on the response modality or on the incidence of omissions or repetitions. Verbal and nonverbal secondary tasks did not affect memory for auditory spatial sounds. Temporal errors rather than spatial errors predominated, suggesting that participants were engaged in a process of maintaining order. This pattern of results may reflect characteristics that serial recall has in common with verbal and spatial recall, but some are unique to the representation of memory for temporal-spatial auditory events.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)222-238
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition
Volume26
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2000

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