Next-in-Line Effect

The next-in-line effect refers to reading recall. Recall of words that have been read are best for the words actually read by the participants and worst for words preceding the words actually read out. This effect is believed to occur due to both attention distraction and retrograde amnesia. Experiments done with this show that when participants read aloud in series, their memories of words read were best for what they themselves had read while their memories of material read previously was much less.

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