Orin C. Davis, Aaron S. Geller, Daniel S. Rizzuto, Michael J. Kahana
Davis, O.C., Geller, A.S., Rizzuto, D.S., Kahana, M.J. (2008). Temporal associative processes revealed by intrusions in paired-associate recall. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 15(1), 64-69.
Publication year: 2008

Whereas much is known about the factors that influence the acquisition and retention of individual paired-associates, the existence of temporally-defined associations spanning multiple pairs has not been demonstrated. We report two experiments in which subjects studied randomly paired nouns for a subsequent cued recall test. When subjects recalled nontarget items, their intrusions tended to come from nearby pairs. This across-pair contiguity effect was graded, spanning noncontiguously-studied word pairs. The existence of such long-range temporally-defined associations lends further support to contextual-retrieval models of episodic association.