McDermott (1997) Materials

Study Lists for McDermott (1997, Experiment 4). Each subject studied 8 (of 16) 10-word lists. In the fragment test conditions, subjects were tested on (A) critical items (presented in position 4 for 1/2 of Ss, nonpresented for 1/2); (B) studied items (1 per list—taken from various positions). None of the fragments can be completed with any other studied item or critical item from these lists. Baserates for the fragments for the A and B lists were normed to be approximately equal for both critical and regular items. 

A Lists

1. Music
note
sound
piano p _ a _ o
SING/ MUSIC
radio
band
melody
horn
concert
symphony

2. Rough
smooth
bumpy
road
TOUGH/ ROUGH
sandpaper
jagged
coarse c _ a r _ e
uneven
gravel
sand

3. Mountain
hill
valley
climb
SUMMIT/ MOUNTAIN
top
molehill
peak
plain
glacier _ l a _ i e _
ski

4. Anger
mad
fear
hate
RAGE/ ANGER
temper
fury
emotion _ m o _ _ o n
fight
hatred
mean

5. High
low
clouds
up
TALL/ HIGH
tower
jump
above
building _ u i _ d i _ g
cliff
sky

6. Shirt
blouse
sleeves
vest
TIE/ SHIRT
collar c _ l l _ _
pants
shorts
tee
pocket
jersey

7. Spider
web
insect
feelers
FRIGHT/SPIDER
arachnid
tarantula
poison p _ _ s _ n
bite
creepy
animal

8. City
town
state
crowded
CAPITAL/ CITY
streets
subway
country
village v _ _ l a _ e
metropolis
urban
 

B Lists

1. Smoke
cigarette
puff
pollution
FLAMES/ SMOKE
fire
ashes
chimney _ h i _ n e _
tobacco
lungs
pipe

2. Fruit
apple
vegetable
orange
KIWI/ FRUIT
citrus
ripe
banana
berry
basket b _ _ k _ t
juice

3. Foot
shoe
hand
toe
KICK/ FOOT
sandals
soccer
walk
ankle a _ k _ e
boot
sock

4. Cold
hot
snow
chilly
WINTER/COLD
ice
wet
frigid
weather w _ _ t _ _ r
freeze
frost

5. Needle
thread
pin
thimble _ h _ _ b l e
SEWING/ NEEDLE
sharp
point
prick
hurt
injection
knitting

6. Chair
table
sit
stool
SEAT/ CHAIR
couch
desk
recliner
bench
cushion c _ s _ _ _ n
swivel

7. Lion
tiger
circus
jungle j u _ _ _ e
DEN/LION
cub
pride
mane
cage
roar
fierce

8. Bread
butter
toast
loaf
RYE/ BREAD
sandwich s _ n _ w i _ _
jam
flour
dough
crust
slice
 

The word fragment completion test from McDermott (1997, Experiment 4).

Fill in the puzzles (one letter per blank) to form the FIRST WORD THAT COMES TO MIND that fits the puzzle. Always work on the puzzle that is currently on the computer screen.

m _ _ i c
_ i _ n
p _ a _ o
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c _ a _ _
j u _ _ _ e
f _ u _ _
c _ l l _ _
c _ _ y
a _ g _ _
b _ _ k _ t
c _ s _ _ _ n
_ p _ d e _
_ e e _ l _
f _ _ t
m _ _ n _ a i _
_ h _ _ b l e
v _ _ l a _ e
_ m o _ _ o n
_ m o _ _
p _ _ s _ n
_ r _ a d
_ _ g h
_ l a _ i e _
a _ k _ e
r _ _ _ h
s _ n _ w i _ _
_ h i _ n e _
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_ u i _ d i _ g
c _ a r _ e
w _ _ t _ _ r

 

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