Identifier

etd-10222007-101208

Degree

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Psychology

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

The current study investigated the subjective states of recollection and familiarity in source memory. Participants studied low and high frequency words, presented in one of two sources, and were then asked to make source decisions and subjective judgments of recollection and familiarity at test. Half of participants were asked to identify the source of an item before the subjective awareness judgment (SM-first group), while the other half of participants made a source decision to an item after judging it as recollected or familiar (RF-first group). The test order manipulation affected participants’ patterns of responding. Participants in the RF-first group tended to give a recollect response to old items more often. Participants in the SM-first group demonstrated better source memory. Source memory was better for recollect judgments than familiar judgments; however, source memory was above chance for familiar judgments. The low frequency word advantage was found for recognition, source memory, and in judgments of subjective awareness. A review of the related literature and current theories concerning human memory attempts to account for the current results.

Date

2007

Document Availability at the Time of Submission

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Committee Chair

Jason L. Hicks

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Psychology Commons

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