Is spoken duration a sufficient explanation of the word length effect?

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Tehan, Gerald and Tolan, Anne. (2005). Is spoken duration a sufficient explanation of the word length effect? Memory. 13(April), pp. 372-379. https://doi.org/10.1080/09658210344000305
AuthorsTehan, Gerald and Tolan, Anne
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The word length effect is one of the cornerstones of trace decay plus rehearsal models (TDR) of memory. Words of long spoken duration take longer to rehearse than words of short spoken duration and as such suffer more decay and are thus less well recalled. The current experiment manipulates both syllable length and spoken duration within words of fixed syllable length in an aim to test the assumptions of the TDR model. Our procedures produced robust effects of both syllable length and spoken duration in four measures of the time it takes to pronounce the different types of words. Serial recall for the same materials produced robust syllable effects, but no duration effects.

Year2005
JournalMemory
Journal citation13 (April), pp. 372-379
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISSN0965-8211
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/09658210344000305
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