Effects of modality and similarity on context recall

Michelene T. Chi, William G. Chase

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Studied the performance of 8 Ss on S. Sternberg's context-recall task. The search rate through short-term memory was a function of the sensory modality: if the memory set and test item were presented in the same mode (auditory-auditory or visual-visual), search rates were 48 msec. faster than for opposite-mode presentations. Data indicate that context recall involves a serial self-terminating search process. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)219-222
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Experimental Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Nov 1 1972
Externally publishedYes


  • modality of memory set & test item & visual & acoustic similarity, context recall

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  • Medicine(all)


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