Common processes underlie enhanced recency effects for auditory and changing-state stimuli

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For some stimuli, dynamic changes are crucial for identifying just what the stimuli are. For example, spoken words (or any auditory stimuli) require change over time to be recognized. Kallman and Cameron (1989) have proposed that this sort of dynamic change underlies the enhanced recency effect found for auditory stimuli, relative to visual stimuli. The results of three experiments replicate and extend Kallman and Cameron's finding that dynamic visual stimuli (that is visual stimuli in which movement is necessary to identify the stimuli), relative to static visual stimuli, engender enhanced recency effects. In addition, an analysis based on individual differences is used to demonstrate that the processes underlying enhanced recency effects for auditory and dynamic visual stimuli are substantially similar. These results are discussed in the context of perceptual grouping processes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)638-650
Number of pages13
JournalMemory & Cognition
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 1990


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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