The role of involuntary aware memory in the implicit stem and fragment completion tasks

A selective review

Sachiko Kinoshita*

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Abstract

In this article I argue that an awareness of the study episode that arises involuntarily during an implicit stem/fragment completion test can under some conditions lead to enhanced repetition priming effects, even though subjects are not engaged in intentional retrieval. I review findings that are consistent with this possibility, which include the effects of depth of processing, and of typography match and new association priming following deep encoding. A theoretical account of involuntary aware memory couched within Moscovitch's (1995b) memory systems framework which suggests that the medial-temporal lobe/hippocampal (MTL/H) complex functions as a memory module is outlined. A putative mechanism is proposed in which involuntary aware memory of a studied item enhances the size of repetition priming effects by guiding its selection in preference to the competitors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)58-69
Number of pages12
JournalPsychonomic Bulletin and Review
Volume8
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2001

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