Measuring recognition memory

J Exp Psychol Gen. 1992 Sep;121(3):275-7. doi: 10.1037//0096-3445.121.3.275.


Recent years have seen an expanded interest in recognition memory tasks. This resurgence of interest has also renewed concerns with measurement problems. Comparing 4 models of recognition memory, Snodgrass and Corwin (1988) found that measures of bias from the distribution-free (nonparametric) model were inadequate. However, their analysis was based on bias measures that can be shown a priori to be nonindependent of discrimination. This article traces the history of the nonparametric model and develops a better measure of bias. The consequence of developing this better measure is that the nonparametric model deserves serious consideration.

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Memory*
  • Models, Psychological
  • Psychology, Experimental