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Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Embargo Period

10-7-2018

Degree Program

Psychology

Degree Type

Master of Science (M.S.)

Year Degree Awarded

2019

Month Degree Awarded

February

Abstract

Recollection is a pattern completion process that enables retrieval of arbitrarily associated information following minimal study. These attributes enable recollection to support retrieval of many kinds of mnemonic representations, from highly associative contextual information to very specific low-level representations. However, recollection is typically studied in the context of declarative memory tasks, in which participants exhibit recollection by explicitly reporting on the recollected information. Is it the case that recollection is limited to declarable representations, or is it a more general process that occurs for any representation? Two experiments and a novel analysis technique are presented to answer this question. The results suggest that recollection is not limited to declarable representations. These results argue against theories of recognition memory that restrict the representational input allowed to mnemonic processes; mnemonic processes in general may act on arbitrary representations.

First Advisor

Rosemary A. Cowell

Second Advisor

David E. Huber

Third Advisor

Joonkoo Park

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