Date of Graduation

Spring 2018


Master of Science in Psychology



Committee Chair

Erin Buchanan


judgments, memory, association, semantics, thematics

Subject Categories

Cognitive Psychology


This study examined the interactive relationship between associative, semantic, and thematic word pair strength when predicating item relatedness judgments and cued-recall performance. In Experiment One, 112 participants were shown word pairs with varied levels of associative, semantic, and thematic overlap (measured with forward strength, cosine, and latent semantic analysis) and were asked to judge how related item pairs were before taking a cued-recall test. Experiment One had four goals. First, the judgment of associative memory task (JAM) was expanded to include three types of judgments. Next, the and interaction between database norms (FSG, COS, and LSA) was for when predicting judgments and recall. Finally, JAM slopes calculated in Hypothesis One were used to predict recall. Experiment Two sought to first replicate interaction findings from Experiment One using a new set of stimuli, and second to replicate these interactions when controlling for several single word norms. Overall, Experiment One found significant three-way interactions between the network norms when predicting judgments and recall. Experiment Two partially replicated these interactions. These results suggest that associative, semantic, and thematic memory networks form a set of interdependent memory systems used for both cognitive processes.


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