Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
This study examined whether different testing conditions hamper or enhance the ability to remember frequency of events. Subjects were presented a series of computerized sounds during the acquisition phase and estimated during the testing phase how many times they had heard each sound. Subjects were placed into one of four conditions: (a) no labeling, subjects simply listened to the stimuli; (b) labeling, subjects devised a description for each sound; (c) continuous distractor, subjects performed a simple mathematical task for the entire acquisition periods; and (d) intermittent distractor, subjects performed the mathematical task between the sounding of stimuli. Results indicated that subjects were able to estimate frequency of events fairly well; the more times a sound was played, the higher the subjects' estimates, F(4, 304) = 139.27, p = .000. The distractor conditions, however, did reduce the subjects' abilities to estimate stimulus frequency.
BF1 .M63 v. 3 no. 1 1995
Lewis, Jennifer R.
"Memory for frequency of complex sounds,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 3
, Article 7.
Available at: http://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol3/iss1/7