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The serial position effect of free recall

The serial position effect of free recall,10.1037/h0045106,Journal of Experimental Psychology

The serial position effect of free recall   (Citations: 243)
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The serial position curve is characterized by a steep, possibly exponential, primacy effect extending over the 1st 3 or 4 words in the list, an S-shaped recency effect extending over the last 8 words in the list, and a horizontal asymptote spanning the primacy and recency effect. The shape of the curve may well result from proactive and retroactive inhibition effects occurring within the list itself.
Journal: Journal of Experimental Psychology , vol. 64, no. 5, pp. 482-488, 1962
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