Retrieval from Semantic Memory

  • Wietske Noordman-Vonk

Part of the Springer Series in Language and Communication book series (SSLAN, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Introduction

    1. Wietske Noordman-Vonk
      Pages 1-9
  3. Statistical Analysis of the Reaction Time Data

    1. Wietske Noordman-Vonk
      Pages 10-14
  4. A Model for Verifying Semantic Relations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Wietske Noordman-Vonk
      Pages 29-48
  5. Generalization to Another Task

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 49-49
  6. Generalization to Another Semantic Domain

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. Wietske Noordman-Vonk
      Pages 63-68
    3. Wietske Noordman-Vonk
      Pages 69-82
    4. Wietske Noordman-Vonk
      Pages 83-88
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 89-100

About this book


The area of concern to Dr. Wietske Noordman~Vonk has been variously seen as an aspect of long-term memory [F. I], secondary memory [F. 2], memory without record [F. 3], and semantic memory [F. 4J, the latter term being the one pre­ ferred by Dr. Noordman-Vonk herself. This proliferation of terminology is not an entirely trivial matter, for although the expressions clearly overlap in range, they do draw attention to different features of the phenomena under consideration. The work reported here is concerned with the form of representation and manipulation of our knowledge that, for example, a dog is an animal, or that mothers and daughters are parents and children. To put it more generally, the experiments attempt to elucidate the psychological processes involved in the~emantics of class-inclusion and, most importantly, to extend the explanatory principles there invoked to a new domain, that of kinship relations. Clearly, the connections between "ant" and "insect", or "flower" and "plant" have been known to us - as adults - for some considerable period of time; in the absence of brain injury or degeneration we are unlikely to "forget" that fathers and sons are kin of the same sex. We may therefor- pretheoretically - distinguish between retrieval of such knowledge and. re­ trieval of a rapidly fading sequence of random numbers that we are asked to recall after a single presentation. It is in this sense that the current work is concerned with long-term and not short-term memory.


Gedächtnis Semantik brain experiment insects plant proliferation sex

Authors and affiliations

  • Wietske Noordman-Vonk
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of GroningenThe Netherlands

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1979
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-67217-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-67215-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0172-620X
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