Bulletin of the Psychonomic Society

, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp 289–291 | Cite as

Cue-overload theory and the method of interpolated attributes

  • Michael J. Watkins
  • Olga C. Watkins


A theory is outlined in which recall is assumed to be mediated by retrieval cues that are subject to overload. A simple method is described for exploring the nature of these retrieval cues, and it is illustrated with 12 small experiments. The method is compared with Wickens’ release from proactive inhibition procedure.


Free Recall List Item List Length Distractor Task Retroactive Interference 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael J. Watkins
    • 1
  • Olga C. Watkins
    • 1
  1. 1.University of TorontoTorontoCanada

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