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Memory processing of serial lists by pigeons, monkeys, and people

Science  19 Jul 1985:
Vol. 229, Issue 4710, pp. 287-289
DOI: 10.1126/science.9304205

Abstract

List memory of pigeons, monkeys, and humans was tested with lists of four visual items (travel slides for animals and kaleidoscope patterns for humans). Retention interval increases for list-item memory revealed a consistent modification of the serial-position function shape: a monotonically increasing function at the shortest interval, a U-shaped function at intermediate intervals, and a monotonically decreasing function at the longest interval. The time course of these changes was fastest for pigeons, intermediate for monkeys, and slowest for humans.

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