First-Letter Mnemonics: Dam (Don't Aid Memory)

Les Carlson, John W. Zimmer, John A. Glover

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A review of the first-letter mnemonic literature revealed inconsistent results and a series of interesting areas for additional study. The current study examined the effect on male and female Ss (N = 72) of first-letter mnemonics in five conditions, training plus S-generated mnemonics, training plus E-generated mnemonics, a replication of Bower's pegword system plus first-letter mnemonics, the pegword system alone, and a control condition. No facilitative effect was observed for first-letter mnemonics on either immediate or delayed recall, despite the Ss' reports of correct use of the mnemonic devices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)287-292
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of General Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1981

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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