Title page for ETD etd-10222007-101208

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Martin, Benjamin A
URN etd-10222007-101208
Title Source Memory, Subjective Awareness, and the Word Frequency Mirror Effect
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Jason L. Hicks Committee Chair
Melissa Beck Committee Member
Sean Lane Committee Member
  • subjective awareness
  • mirror effect
  • word frequency
  • recognition memory
  • source memory
Date of Defense 2007-09-28
Availability unrestricted
The current study investigated the subjective states of recollection and familiarity in source memory. Participants studied low and high frequency words, presented in one of two sources, and were then asked to make source decisions and subjective judgments of recollection and familiarity at test. Half of participants were asked to identify the source of an item before the subjective awareness judgment (SM-first group), while the other half of participants made a source decision to an item after judging it as recollected or familiar (RF-first group). The test order manipulation affected participants’ patterns of responding. Participants in the RF-first group tended to give a recollect response to old items more often. Participants in the SM-first group demonstrated better source memory. Source memory was better for recollect judgments than familiar judgments; however, source memory was above chance for familiar judgments. The low frequency word advantage was found for recognition, source memory, and in judgments of subjective awareness. A review of the related literature and current theories concerning human memory attempts to account for the current results.
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