A test of the spew hypothesis using intralist repetition and a free-recall task

Research paper by Sharron S. Wike, Edward L. Wike

Indexed on: 24 Oct '13Published on: 24 Oct '13Published in: Psychonomic science


The role of intralist repetition on free recall was investigated using 43 college students. In each of four lists, 5 words were repeated three times each and 15 words were given once. The same 20 words were used for all four lists, but the words that were repeated varied across lists. It was found that during output the repeated words had significantly higher mean position than did the nonrepeated words. The result agreed with the spew hypothesis of Underwood & Schulz, (1960).