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Master of Science (M.S.)

Year Degree Awarded

January 2007

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recognition memory, recollection, familiarity, ROC curves, remember-know paradigm


ABSTRACT NEGATIVE REMEMBERING SEPTEMBER 2007 AYCAN KAPUCU, B.A., BOGAZICI UNIVERSITY ISTANBUL M.S., UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS AMHERST Directed by: Professor Caren M. Rotello Three experiments investigated the use of recall-to-accept and recall-to-reject processes in recognition and remember-know decisions. In all three experiments, participants studied a mixed list of singular and plural words. During the recognition test, participants made old-new confidence ratings and remember-know judgments for studied items, lures that were similar to studied items, and new lures. Old-similar ROC curves were constructed from the confidence ratings and found to be linear, consistent with the use of a high-threshold recollective process. The ROC intercepts and remember response rates converged on the same estimates of the amount of recollection for both positive (recall-to-accept) and negative (recall-to-reject) decisions.


First Advisor

Caren M Rotello