Modeling Memory: Exploring the Relationship Between Word Overlap and Single Word Norms when Predicting Relatedness Judgments and Retrieval

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Description: This study examined the interactive relationship between semantic, thematic, and associative word pair strength in the prediction of item relatedness judgments and cued-recall performance. Previously, we found significant three-way interactions between associative, semantic, thematic word overlap when predicting participant judgment strength and recall performance (Maxwell & Buchanan, 2018), expanding upon previous work by Maki (2007). In this study, we first seek to replicate findings from the original study using a novel stimuli set. Second, this study will further explore the nature of the structure of memory, by investigating the effects of single concept information (i.e., word frequency, concreteness, etc.) on relatedness judgments and recall accuracy. We hypothesize that associative, semantic, and thematic memory networks are interactive in their relationship to judgments and recall, even after controlling for base rates of single concept information, implying a set of interdependent memory systems used for both cognitive processes.

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