How experts' adaptations to representative task demands account for the expertise effect in memory recall: Comment on Vicente and Wang (1998)

K. Anders Ericsson, Vimla Patel, Walter Kintsch

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Abstract

K. A. Ericsson and W. Kintsch's (1995) theoretical framework of long-term working memory (LTWM) accounts for how experts acquire encoding and retrieval mechanisms to adapt to real-time demands of working memory during representative interactions with their natural environments. The transfer of the same LTWM mechanisms is shown to account for the expertise effect in unrepresentative "contrived" memory tests. Therefore, K. J. Vicente and J. H. Wang's (1998) critique of the generalizability of the LTWM framework is rejected. Their proposed refutation of LTWM accounts is found to be based on misrepresented facts. The process-based framework of LTWM is shown to be superior to their product theory because it can explain interactions of the expertise effect in "contrived" recall under several testing conditions differing in presentation rate, instructions, and memory procedures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)578-592
Number of pages15
JournalPsychological review
Volume107
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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