Memory for object locations: Priority effect and sex differences in associative spatial learning

Cinan S., Atalay D., Sisman S., Basbug G., Dervent-Ozbek S., Teoman D. D., ...More

LEARNING AND MOTIVATION, vol.38, no.4, pp.326-341, 2007 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 38 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.lmot.2007.01.002
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.326-341
  • Keywords: priority effect, interference, sex difference, paired associate learning, object location memory, GENDER-DIFFERENCES, FEMALE ADVANTAGE, INTERFERENCE, KNOWLEDGE, RECALL, WOMEN, MEN
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


This paper reports two experiments conducted to examine priority effects and sex differences in object location memory. A new task of paired position-learning was designed, based on the A-B A-C paradigm, which was used in paired word learning. There were three different paired position-learning conditions: (1) positions of several different objects (B-objects and C-objects) around referent objects (A-objects) were learned in the A-B A-C position-learning condition, (2) positions of several different objects with no referent objects were learned in the 0-B 0-C position-learning condition, and (3) positions of identical objects (stars) with no referent objects were learned in the 0-star 0-star position-only condition. The results revealed a significant priority effect on performance in the A-B A-C and the 0-B 0-C position-learning conditions but not in the 0-star 0-star position-only condition. Contradictory results were obtained with respect to the sex variable: a female superiority effect on paired position learning was significant in Experiment 1, but this effect was not replicated in Experiment 2. In addition, an articulatory suppression task used in Experiment 2 had a significant effect on recall of different object positions but no effect on recall of identical object positions. This suggested that verbal encoding was not necessary for learning of positions of identical objects. (C) 2007 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.