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MEMORY AND DISTORTION OF MEANINGFUL WRITTEN MATERIAL*
Article first published online: 13 APR 2011
1966 The British Psychological Society
British Journal of Psychology
Volume 57, Issue 1-2, pages 77–86, May 1966
How to Cite
DAWES, R. M. (1966), MEMORY AND DISTORTION OF MEANINGFUL WRITTEN MATERIAL. British Journal of Psychology, 57: 77–86. doi: 10.1111/j.2044-8295.1966.tb01006.x
- Issue published online: 13 APR 2011
- Article first published online: 13 APR 2011
- Manuscript received 6 July 1965
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A method is presented for measuring memory and distortion of meaningful written material. The method is based on the fact that since meaningful material asserts set relations, a subject's memory and distortion of such material may be measured by asking him to recognize or recall set relations, rather than specific verbal units. In addition, a measure of ‘simplification’, in terms of distorted set relations, is proposed. A series of experiments concerned with recognition and recall of set relations reveals that simplification, as defined, does occur. But it does not increase over time.