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Recall of word lists is enhanced with increased spreading activation.
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PMID:  23298321     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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Abstract Some evidence exists supporting a relationship between spreading activation in semantic/lexical memory networks and episodic memory. However, the results have been mixed and there have been no investigations examining whether a relationship exists between variability in spreading activation and episodic memory. Hence, we sought to investigate these potential relationships. Thirteen individuals were administered the Hopkins Verbal Learning Test-Revised (HVLT-R) and the Controlled Oral Word Association Test (COWAT). The average word frequency of all the "F" words generated on the COWAT was used as a measure of spreading activation. Variability in spreading activation was assessed by calculating the variability of the word frequencies from the COWAT across time. The results confirmed our hypotheses, with significant negative correlations found between free recall on the HVLT-R and both the average word frequency and measures of variability in spreading activation.
Authors:
Paul S Foster; Katelyn M Roosa; Valeria Drago; Kaylei Branch; Glen Finney; Kenneth M Heilman
Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-9
Journal Detail:
Title:  Neuropsychology, development, and cognition. Section B, Aging, neuropsychology and cognition     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1744-4128     ISO Abbreviation:  Neuropsychol Dev Cogn B Aging Neuropsychol Cogn     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-1-9     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9614434     Medline TA:  Neuropsychol Dev Cogn B Aging Neuropsychol Cogn     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
a Middle Tennessee State University , Murfreesboro , TN , USA.
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