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Absolute versus relative difference measures of priming: Which is appropriate when baseline scores change with age?

Murphy, Kristina, McKone, Elinor and Slee, Judith 2006, Absolute versus relative difference measures of priming: Which is appropriate when baseline scores change with age?, British journal of developmental psychology, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 293-304, doi: 10.1348/026151005X35732.

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Title Absolute versus relative difference measures of priming: Which is appropriate when baseline scores change with age?
Author(s) Murphy, Kristina
McKone, Elinor
Slee, Judith
Journal name British journal of developmental psychology
Volume number 24
Issue number 2
Start page 293
End page 304
Publisher British Psychological Society
Place of publication Leicester, England
Publication date 2006-06
ISSN 0261-510X
Summary It is often of theoretical interest to know if implicit memory (repetition priming) develops across childhood under a given circumstance. Methodologically, however, it is difficult to determine whether development is present when baseline performance for unstudied items improves with age. Calculation of priming in absolute (priming=studied - unstudied) or relative-to-baseline terms can lead to different conclusions. In first noting this problem, Parkin (1993) suggested using the Snodgrass (1989a) calculation of relative priming [priming=(studied - unstudied)/(maximum - unstudied)], and most developmental studies have since adopted this procedure. Here, we question the Snodgrass method because the Snodgrass method's results are not replicated in the picture identification task when baselines are equated experimentally across age groups. Instead, results support an absolute measure of priming. Theoretically, we argue against its core assumption; namely, that children and adults always lie on the same learning curve, with an equal maximum performance level and equal rate of learning.
Language eng
DOI 10.1348/026151005X35732
Field of Research 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2006, The British Psychological Society
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30019872

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