Journal article

How do recall requirements affect decision-making in free recall initiation? A linear ballistic accumulator approach

Adam F Osth, Aimee Reed, Simon Farrell

MEMORY & COGNITION | SPRINGER | Published : 2021


Models of free recall describe free recall initiation as a decision-making process in which items compete to be retrieved. Recently, Osth and Farrell (Psychological Review, 126, 578-609, 2019) applied evidence accumulation models to complete RT distributions and serial positions of participants' first recalls in free recall, which resulted in some novel conclusions about primacy and recency effects. Specifically, the results of the modeling favored an account in which primacy was due to reinstatement of the start-of-the-list, and recency was found to be exponential in shape. In this work, we examine what happens when participants are given alternative recall instructions. Prior work has demo..

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Awarded by ARC Discovery Early Career award

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by ARC Discovery Early Career award (DE170100106) awarded to Adam Osth. Data and model code can be found at