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The Effects of Inward versus Outward Articulation Dynamics on Familiarity

Lindau, Berit (2017) The Effects of Inward versus Outward Articulation Dynamics on Familiarity. PhD thesis, Universität zu Köln.

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    Familiarity can be described as the diffuse feeling of knowing a stimulus without being able to recall an actual previous encounter with it. The experiments in this dissertation (total N = 1,043) found that the articulation dynamics of pseudo-words can influence this perceived familiarity in different recognition paradigms. Specifically, pseudo-words following a consonantal inward pattern were perceived as more familiar than pseudo-words following a consonantal outward pattern, consequently leading to more frequent hits as well as false alarms in recognition experiments. Alternative explanations of the effect such as an affirmation tendency or a recollection advantage could be excluded. Two final studies explored the mechanism behind the effect of consonantal direction on familiarity, showing that it was independent of both liking and articulatory fluency of the stimuli. These findings suggest that the effect of consonantal direction on familiarity is distinct from a previously found effect of consonantal direction on liking and preference. Potential applications of the effect as well as implications for the role of affect in recognition memory are discussed.

    Item Type: Thesis (PhD thesis)
    Lindau, Beritberit.lindau@uni-koeln.de
    URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-76895
    Subjects: Psychology
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    Faculty: Humanwissenschaftliche Fakultät
    Divisions: Humanwissenschaftliche Fakultät > Department Psychologie
    Language: English
    Date: 09 March 2017
    Date Type: Publication
    Date of oral exam: 21 June 2017
    Full Text Status: Public
    Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2017 12:30:58
    NameAcademic Title
    Topolinski, SaschaJun.-Prof. Dr.
    Unkelbach, ChristianProf. Dr.
    URI: http://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/id/eprint/7689

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