The Huron University College Journal of Learning and Motivation

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A Special Place in Our Minds: Examining the Serial Position Effect


Alec Lowe


Previous research in free-recall tasks have demonstrated a "serial position effect" in people's recall; that is to say words around the beginning and end of a list are more readily recalled than those in the middle. In the present study participants were read out one of two 18-word lists, one where the words either shared a common conceptual category and where the words did not It was expected that words a serial position effect would demonstrate, and that mean word recall for the common concept list would be higher than the mean recall of the non-common concept list. The results of this study confirmed the hypothesis regarding the serial position effect, but mean recall was not significantly higher in the common concept list; however ANOVA found a significant interaction effect between list type and a words position on the list

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