Are There Long-Term "Literal Copies" of Visually Presented Words?
Behavioral and Organizational Sciences (CGU)
Cognitive Psychology | Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences
Tested the strong version of the literal-copy hypothesis which predicts that a virtual image preserving the details of the perceptual experience generated during the reading of a word is stored in memory with perfectly correlated retention for all visual attributes of the stimulus. 96 undergraduates, instructed to retain information about 0, 1, or 2 visual properties of words, were later tested for item and input-case and color retention. Findings did not support the hypothesis, but were consistent with a model which assumes that each visual attribute is stored independently in abstract propositional form.
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Light, L. L., and Berger, D. E. (1976). Are There Long term "literal copies" of Visually Presented Words? Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Learning and Memory, 2, 654-662.