Tactile order memory: evidence for sequence learning phenomena found with other stimulus types.

Johnson, A.J., Shaw, J. and Miles, C., 2016. Tactile order memory: evidence for sequence learning phenomena found with other stimulus types. Journal of Cognitive Psychology.

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DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2016.1186676

Abstract

We examine serial order memory for sequences of tactile stimuli and investigate whether established characteristics of order memory, namely serial position effects, error distributions, and Hebb repetition learning, are observed with tactile memory. Visually obscured participants received six tactile stimulations: one to each of six fingers. At test, participants lifted the six fingers in the order of stimulation. For every third trial participants received the same order of stimulation (i.e. the Hebb sequence). Serial recall accuracy produced the canonical bowed serial position function found for immediate serial recall. In addition, recall for the Hebb sequence improved relative to the filler sequences, providing the first demonstration of the Hebb repetition effect with tactile stimuli. Analysis of errors revealed close similarities to that reported with verbal and visual stimuli. This experiment further generalises established features of order memory to tactile memory, supporting the utilisation of an analogous order memory mechanism across stimuli.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:2044-5911
Uncontrolled Keywords:Tactile memory; Order memory; Hebb repetition effects; Error distributions; Serial position effects
Subjects:UNSPECIFIED
Group:Faculty of Science and Technology
ID Code:23760
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:31 May 2016 14:00
Last Modified:31 May 2016 14:00

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