A novel paradigm to assess storage of sources in memory: the source recognition test with reinstatement


Symeonidou, Nikoletta ; Kuhlmann, Beatrice G.


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/09658211.2021.1910310
URL: https://madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/59735
Additional URL: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09658...
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-597357
Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2021
The title of a journal, publication series: Memory
Volume: 29
Issue number: 4
Page range: 507-523
Place of publication: Hove ; London
Publishing house: Psychology Press ; Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0965-8211 , 1464-0686
Publication language: English
Institution: School of Social Sciences > Kognitive Psychologie mit Schwerp. Kognitives Altern (Kuhlmann 2015-)
Pre-existing license: Creative Commons Attribution, Non-Commercial, No Derivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)
Subject: 150 Psychology
Abstract: The present research aimed to devise a test of source recognition that facilitates access to source information stored in memory. Therefore, we extended the standard sourcemonitoring paradigm, in which items are presented in a source-neutral manner during test, by a second, subsequent test with source reinstatement. In this second test, items (i.e., words) were presented with both study sources (i.e., two speakers) consecutively such that for originally studied words, one test presentation was the exact reinstatement of the original source. To validate our assumption that the test with reinstatement primarily assesses source storage, we manipulated source storage by varying encoding frequency between-participants (repetition vs. no repetition of each item-source-pair). Additionally, we varied source similarity between-participants (similar vs. dissimilar speakers). Data analyses (N = 146) based on multinomial and signal detection models showed a source memory enhancement in the second test with reinstatement compared to the first standard test, especially for similar sources. Additionally, repetition selectively benefited source memory in the second test, validating our interpretation of the second test as a measure for source storage. Altogether, our novel source recognition test offers a promising method for investigating various well-known source memory phenomena more comprehensively.

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