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Is there a common mechanism underlying word-form learning and the Hebb repetition effect? Experimental data and a modelling framework.
Page, M., & NORRIS, D.
In A. Thorn & M. P. A. Page (Eds.), Interactions Between Short-Term and Long-Term Memory in the Verbal Domain
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The Hebb repetition effect (Hebb, 1961) is a phenomenon whereby performance on the immediate serial recall of a list of familiar items is seen to improve over unannounced repetitions of a given list. One possible real-world counterpart of this effect is the learning of phonological word-forms, that are themselves sequences of familiar items, in this case phonemes or syllables. We discuss this hypothesis with reference to a variety of recent data, and propose a modelling framework, based on the primacy model of immediate serial recall (Page & Norris, 1998), that seeks to identify common underlying mechanisms