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Transposition asymmetry in immediate serial recall

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When participants confuse the position of items in immediate serial recall, they tend to recall transposed items too early rather than too late. This asymmetry of transposition errors was observed in four experiments. It increased as a function of list length, but was independent of report order, output position, cueing condition, and recall mode. The transposition asymmetry is consistent with error patterns in free recall and in regular speech production where transpositions are usually forward-looking. The asymmetry of transposition errors is discussed in terms of models of serial memory.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Trinity College, Hartford, CT, USA

Publication date: April 1, 2005

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