This experiment is based on the following paper:
McKoon, G. & Ratcliff, R. (1980). Priming in Item Recognition: The Organization of Propositions in Memory for Text. Journal of Verbal Learning and Verbal Behavior, 19, 369-386. Reprinted by permission of Academic Press.
To comprehend a passage of text, the reader must build meaningful representations out of the text. Most cognitive theories propose these representations are structured as propositions, which are defined as the smallest basic unit of meaning that could still be true or false. Connections between propositions are built up during reading by sharing an argument.
The full text describing the experiment is available here.
The experiments are available below.
mckoon_ratcliff_win.zip (589 KB)
mckoon_ratcliff_mac.zip (804 KB)