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Department of Psychology (Logan Lab)
"Inter-item Associations in Serial Memory Retrieval"
People form associations between items that co-occur (in time or space). In theory, people could use these associations to reconstruct a sequence by using each item as a cue to retrieve the item that followed it. In practice (for reasons that will be discussed), this form of associative retrieval is not a viable means of retrieving sequences from memory. The prevailing theories of serial memory retrieval exclude inter-item associations altogether, effectively assuming that, when memorizing a sequence, inter-item associations are either not formed or are formed but not used. I will present a series of experiments showing that people do use inter-item associations to retrieve sequences of items -- in certain task settings. In the context of the broader literature on serial memory, our results depict a flexible serial order mechanism that is capable of using multiple sources of information if the task demands it.