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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Richler, Jennifer Joanna
URN etd-04232010-122137
Title Automaticity of Basic-Level Categorization Accounts for Naming Effects in Recognition Memory
Degree PhD
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Thomas Palmeri Committee Chair
Isabel Gauthier Committee Co-Chair
Geoffrey Woodman Committee Member
Sean Polyn Committee Member
Timothy Curran Committee Member
  • naming
  • recognition memory
  • categorization
  • depth of processing
Date of Defense 2010-04-22
Availability unrestricted
What is the consequence of calling objects by their names? Lupyan (2008) suggests that overtly naming objects at the basic-level impairs subsequent recognition memory because naming shifts the memory representation towards the category prototype. Here I show that 1) processing objects at the basic-level without categorization or naming responses produces equivalent memory effects as overt naming and 2) depth of processing better accounts for this so-called naming effect. These results suggest that naming does not influence memory by changing the representation, but rather that naming is a shallow processing task because it is an automatic instantiation of basic-level categorization.
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