Decision latencies to thematic and nonthematic distractors in prose

Alan Kennedy

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Assigned 2 groups of 10 undergraduates each to read short passages of highly metaphorical prose. For 1 group the passages were headed with a title which provided the possibility of organizing the metaphors into a continuous narrative stream. Ss were then given a recognition task using 32 nouns from each of the passages as well as 8 thematically related and 8 unrelated nouns. Latencies to reject distractors were recorded in a test of the hypothesis that possession of the theme should slow rejection of thematically related words. The hypothesis was confirmed, but only for the easier of 2 passages. Results are discussed in terms of the model of recognition memory proposed by J. Hall, R. Sekuler, and W. Cushman (see record). (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)432-434
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Experimental Psychology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 1973


  • theme presentation as precue or mnemonic device, recognition of nouns related vs. unrelated to theme, college students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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