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Limits of the Retrieval Inhibition Construct: List Segregation in Directed-Forgetting
Journal of General Psychology (2003)
  • Steffen Wilson, Eastern Kentucky University
  • Katherine Kipp, University of Georgia
  • Kevin Chapman, University of Louisville

The authors hypothesized that retrieval inhibition in list method directed forgetting could be improved by presenting a task that maximized the segregation step of the retrieval-inhibition process. In Experiment 1, they presented lists of semantically related words in a list method directed-forgetting task to maximize retrieval inhibition. Contrary to predictions, this manipulation eliminated the directed-forgetting effect. The authors further investigated the results of Experiment 1 in Experiments 2 and 3 by manipulating recall instructions and by presenting lists that contained both a categorized and an unrelated list-half. They found directed-forgetting effects for semantically related word lists when participants were asked to recall only the TBR (to-be-remembered) items but not when participants were asked to recall both the TBF (to-be-forgotten) and TBR items. They also found that directed-forgetting effects were not produced when categorized items were presented in the 1 st list.

  • list method directed forgetting,
  • retrieval inhibition
Publication Date
October, 2003
Citation Information
Steffen Wilson, Katherine Kipp and Kevin Chapman. "Limits of the Retrieval Inhibition Construct: List Segregation in Directed-Forgetting" Journal of General Psychology Vol. 130 Iss. 4 (2003)
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