Memory & Cognition

, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp 287–290 | Cite as

I recognize your face but I can’t remember your name: Further evidence on the tip-of-the-tongue phenomenon

  • A. Daniel Yarmey


Fifty faces of “famous” persons were used as stimuli to precipitate the tip-of-the-tongue (TOT) experience. Results showed that Ss in TOT states searched for target’s name by locating first his profession, where he was most often seen, and how recently. Ss also had accurate knowledge of the initial letters of target names, initial letters of similar sounding names, and numbers of syllables in target names. It was concluded that TOT states for to-be-remembered names are retrieved from semantic and episodie memory systems on the basis of verbal and imaginal encodings.


Episodic Memory Initial Letter Positive TOTs Correct Guess Movie Star 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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© Psychonomic Society, Inc. 1973

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Daniel Yarmey
    • 1
  1. 1.University of GuelphGuelphCanada

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