A functional analysis of common and bizarre visual mediators

Philip H. Marshall, Kathy Nau, Cynthia K. Chandler

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This study determined if the complexity level and type of common and bizarre visual mediators generated for paired associate items functionally related to performance on a recall task given 1 week later. Results indicated that while bizarre imagery yielded higher complexity scores and was associated with greater response recall, there was no difference between correctly and incorrectly recalled responses in terms of mediator complexity. The previously reported finding of greater variety in mediator formation for bizarre mediators was replicated. The discussion focused on differential effects of complexity of verbal and visual mediators.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)375-377
Number of pages3
JournalBulletin of the Psychonomic Society
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1980


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