Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


School of Psychology


The debate is still ongoing regarding the link between verbal short-term memory and long-term memory. This debate is built on a long history of research that has examined only a limited number of linguistic features, mainly phonological elements. It is suggested that phonological encoding in STM can be extended to phonological representations in the mental lexicon. However, semantic information can also influence STM performance. Thus, the link between verbal short-term memory and long-term memory cannot be ignored. These long-term memory effects in STM have mostly been shown in serial recall performance; the typical measure that has been used to examine short-term memory because it requires immediate recall of information in serial order. Variables that reflect long-term memory factors have been manipulated in this task in a few different ways, but can be categorised into two approaches.

FoR codes (2008)




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