Noncriterial recollection: familiarity as automatic, irrelevant recollection

Conscious Cogn. Mar-Jun 1996;5(1-2):131-41. doi: 10.1006/ccog.1996.0008.


Recollection is sometimes automatic in that details of a prior encounter with an item come to mind although those details are irrelevant to a current task. For example, when asked about the size of the type in which an item was earlier presented, one might automatically recollect the location in which it was presented. We used the process dissociation procedure to show that such noncriterial recollection can function as familiarity--its effects were independent of intended recollection.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Automatism*
  • Humans
  • Memory
  • Mental Recall*
  • Models, Psychological
  • Pattern Recognition, Visual
  • Word Association Tests