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Memory Retrieval from Long and Short Lists

Science  06 Jun 1975:
Vol. 188, Issue 4192, pp. 1031-1033
DOI: 10.1126/science.188.4192.1031

Abstract

Reaction time in Sternberg's memory retrieval task with both short and long lists is a bilinear function of list length, changing slope at the limits of memory span. Separate long-term and short-term retrieval processes are implied. An alternative one-process model expressed by a logarithmic function is also considered.

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