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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Familiarity for Associations? A Test of the Domain Dichotomy Theory
Author(s): Harlow, Iain M
MacKenzie, Graham
Donaldson, David
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Keywords: episodic memory
associative recognition
Memory Recollection (Psychology)
Memory Recognition (Psychology)
Issue Date: Nov-2010
Date Deposited: 27-Oct-2010
Citation: Harlow IM, MacKenzie G & Donaldson D (2010) Familiarity for Associations? A Test of the Domain Dichotomy Theory. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 36 (6), pp. 1381-1388.;
Abstract: Episodic recognition memory is mediated by functionally separable retrieval processes, notably familiarity (a general sense of prior exposure) and recollection (the retrieval of contextual details), whose relative engagement depends partly on the nature of the information being retrieved. Currently, the specific contribution of familiarity to associative recognition memory (where retrieval of the relationships between pairs of stimuli is required) is not clearly understood. Here we test domain dichotomy theory, which predicts that familiarity should contribute more to associative memory when stimuli are similar (within-domain) than when they are distinct (between-domain). Participants studied stimulus pairs, and at test, discriminated intact from rearranged pairs. Stimuli were either within-domain (name-name or image-image pairs) or between-domain (name-image pairs). Across experiments we employed two different behavioural measures of familiarity, based on ROC curves and a Modified Remember-Know procedure. Both experiments provided evidence that familiarity can contribute to associative recognition; however familiarity was stronger for between-domain pairs - in direct contrast to the domain dichotomy prediction.
DOI Link: 10.1037/a0020610
Rights: Published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. Copyright: American Psychological Association. © 2010 American Psychological Association.; This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record.

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