Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Recency Effect

  • Angela K. TroyerEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_1146


The recency effect is the tendency for individuals without neurological impairment to show enhanced memory for items presented at the end of a list relative to items presented in the middle of the list. Immediately after presentation, items presented at the end of a list can be retrieved from short-term or primary memory. The recency effect, therefore, is characterized by features of short-term memory ability such as susceptibility to interference and rapid decay. The recency effect is part of the larger serial position effect.


References and Readings

  1. Tulving, E., & Craik, F. I. M. (Eds.). (2000). The Oxford handbook of memory. New York: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Neuropsychology and Cognitive Health ProgramBaycrest Centre for Geriatric CareTorontoCanada