Journal of Psycholinguistic Research

, Volume 37, Issue 1, pp 49–58

Lexical Association and False Memory for Words in Two Cultures

Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10936-007-9058-7

Cite this article as:
Lee, Y., Chiang, WC. & Hung, HC. J Psycholinguist Res (2008) 37: 49. doi:10.1007/s10936-007-9058-7


This study examined the relationship between language experience and false memory produced by the DRM paradigm. The word lists used in Stadler, et al. (Memory & Cognition, 27, 494–500, 1999) were first translated into Chinese. False recall and false recognition for critical non-presented targets were then tested on a group of Chinese users. The average co-occurrence rate of the list word and the critical word was calculated based on two large Chinese corpuses. List–level analyses revealed that the correlation between the American and Taiwanese participants was significant only in false recognition. More importantly, the co-occurrence rate was significantly correlated with false recall and recognition of Taiwanese participants, and not of American participants. In addition, the backward association strength based on Nelson et al. (The University of South Florida word association, rhyme and word fragment norms, 1999) was significantly correlated with false recall of American participants and not of Taiwanese participants. Results are discussed in terms of the relationship between language experiences and lexical association in creating false memory for word lists.


False memory Association strength Lexical co-occurrence Cross-culture List-learning paradigm 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyNational Chung Cheng UniversityChiayiTaiwan, R. O. C

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