Facilitation in Recognizing Pairs of Words: Evidence of a Dependence Between...

This experiment is based on the following paper:

Meyer, D. and Schvaneveldt, R. (1971). Facilitation in recognizing pairs of words: Evidence of a dependence between retrieval operations. Journal of Experimental Psychology, 90, 227-234.


A variety of factors can affect a person’s ability to recall semantic information. Earlier studies showed that high frequency words, that is, words which are commonly used, can be recalled faster than low frequency words. In this study, Meyer and Schvaneveldt examined the effect of the association between two words on recall time. They hypothesized that words which are semantically related could “prime” each other, making recall faster.


The full text describing the experiment is available here.

The experiments are available below.

meyer_schvaneveldt_win.zip (88.3 KB)

meyer_schvaneveldt_mac.zip (154 KB)