Differential effects of personality on access to various long-term memory codes

Steven Schwartz*

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Arousal, as indexed by personality measures, has been related to memory encoding, organization, and retrieval. In an attempt to investigate one of the component information-processing mechanisms underlying both encoding and retrieval, the effects of introversion-extraversion on performance in a simultaneous matching task was investigated. As predicted from earlier research, personality did not influence performance on a physical identity matching task but extraverts were faster than introverts in making taxonomic category matches (a semantic task). Somewhat unexpectedly, extraverts were also faster at making "homophone" identity matches. Arousal, then, appears to influence access to long-term memory codes of any type-a characteristic that may be reflected in tests of both encoding and retrieval.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)396-403
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Research in Personality
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1979
Externally publishedYes


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