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The effects of cue modality on the quality of personal memories retrieved

Goddard, Lorna; Pring, Linda and Felmingham, Nick. 2005. The effects of cue modality on the quality of personal memories retrieved. Memory, 13(1), pp. 79-86. ISSN 0965-8211 [Article]

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We investigated the effect of cue modality on the specificity, speed, vividness, and age of autobiographical memory retrieval. Cues were presented as either an odour, a visual image, or a word label. Odour-cued memories were older, more likely to be categoric, and were slower to be retrieved. Few gender differences were found although females reported more vivid memories than males. We suggest that cue modality directly affects retrieval processes; odour cues are more likely to initiate a perceptual search strategy, in contrast to memories cued by visual images and words, which are usually conceptually/verbally mediated.

Item Type: Article

Identification Number (DOI):

10.1080/09658210344000594

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
January 2005Published

Item ID:

5171

Date Deposited:

09 Mar 2011 14:59

Last Modified:

30 Jun 2017 15:11

URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/5171
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