Visual and phonological similarity effects in verbal immediate serial recall: a test with kanji materials

Satoru Saito, Robert H. Logie, Aiko Morita, Anna Law

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Abstract

In a series of three experiments, native speakers of Japanese performed serial ordered written recall of visually presented Japanese kanji characters that varied systematically in visual and phonological similarity. Overall effects of phonological similarity were observed for retention of serial order under silent reading in Experiments 1 and 3 and they disappeared in articulatory suppression conditions in Experiments 2 and 3. All three experiments showed main effects of visual similarity even in articulatory suppression conditions in Experiments 2 and 3. This indicated spontaneous use of visual codes in immediate serial recall. It is suggested that any models of serial order memory should incorporate domain specificity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Memory and Language
Volume59
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jul 2008

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