Memory & Cognition

, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp 613–615

Retrieval processes in recognition

  • George Mandler
  • Wayne J. Boeck

DOI: 10.3758/BF03198129

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Mandler, G. & Boeck, W.J. Memory & Cognition (1974) 2: 613. doi:10.3758/BF03198129


Retrieval processes in the long-term recognition of well organized material showed the expected organizational effects on “slow” recognition responses. Ss sorted 100 words into two to seven categories until a stable organization was achieved. The data showed the usual correlations between organization (number of categories used) and recall and recognition. Recognition tests a week after the sorting task revealed no differences between Ss using many or few categories for the “fast” recognition responses, defined as the faster 50% of each S’s latency distribution. The organizational effect was clearly evident for the “slow” 50% of the responses. The data support the retrieval check hypothesis in recognition under the assumption that retrieval operations take additional time during the recognition process.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • George Mandler
    • 1
  • Wayne J. Boeck
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of California at San DiegoLa Jolla