The influence of phoneme position overlap on the phonemic similarity effect in nonword recall

Lisa Nimmo, S. Roodenrys

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Abstract

The current research examined the predictions that short-term memory models generate for the phonological similarity effect, when similarity was defined in different ways. Three serial recall experiments with consonant-vowel-consonant (CVC) nonwords are reported, where the position of the phonemes that list items shared was manipulated (i.e., shared vowel and final consonant [_VC; Experiment 1], initial consonant and vowel [CV_; Experiment 2], or the two consonants [C_C; Experiment 3]. The results show that the position of common phonemes in nonwords has differential effects on order and item information. The findings are discussed in relation to previous research into the effect of phonemic similarity on nonword recall, and modifications to current short-term memory models are proposed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)577-596
JournalTHE QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
Volume59
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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