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Effects of age on the generation and satiation of meaning with Slurvian sentences

Authors
Journal
Journal of Communication Disorders
0021-9924
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
2
Issue
4
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0021-9924(69)90003-3
Disciplines
  • Mathematics

Abstract

Abstract Meaning may be generated (discovered) and satiated (lost) by repeated rapid stimulation. Slurvian sentences offer opportunities for the study of both phenomena. The present study tested the effects of age upon generation and satiation and the likelihood that Slurvian meanings would be retained after one day and one week. Twenty subjects, ten “younger” and ten “older”, heard eight Slurvian sentences played and replayed until they repeated the sentences' meanings. Five “younger” and five “older” subjects continued listening to each sentence until they reported it had lost meaning. A written recall test was given three times; immediately after the final repetitions, one day later, and one week later. Older subjects took significantly longer to generate and to satiate meaning. However, there was no difference in recall between the age groups. Significant recall differences were demonstrated between the group that only generated meanings and the group that both generated and satiated meanings. For the latter group, a substantial and significant loss of recall provided an objective measure of the effects of satiation.

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