Repetition learning in the immediate serial recall of visual and auditory materials

J Exp Psychol Learn Mem Cogn. 2006 Jul;32(4):716-33. doi: 10.1037/0278-7393.32.4.716.


In 5 experiments, a Hebb repetition effect, that is, improved immediate serial recall of an (unannounced) repeating list, was demonstrated in the immediate serial recall of visual materials, even when use of phonological short-term memory was blocked by concurrent articulation. The learning of a repeatedly presented letter list in one modality (auditory or visual) did not transfer to give improved performance on the same list in the other modality. This result was not replicated for word lists, however, for which asymmetric transfer was observed. Inferences are made about the structure of short-term memory and about the nature of the Hebb repetition effect.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Memory, Short-Term*
  • Pattern Recognition, Visual*
  • Phonetics*
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Reading*
  • Retention, Psychology
  • Semantics
  • Serial Learning*
  • Speech Perception*