Memories of statements spoken in everyday contexts
This study examined personal memories of statements spoken in everyday contexts. Eighty college students completed a questionnaire in which they recounted the first spoken statement to come to mind, and statements made by a parent, teacher, sibling and friend. Respondents also provided information about the speakers and the circumstances of transmission. Content analyses identified six primary statement types: rules, evaluations, speaker information, pronouncements, unusual phrases and everyday speech. The incidence of different statement types varied across speakers. Memorability of a specific verbalization appears to be related to the statement's communicative function, the listener's reactions to the utterance, the speaker's gender, and the relationship between the speaker and the listener.
Applied Cognitive Psychology
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Goldsmith, L. R. and Pillemer, D. B. (1988), Memories of statements spoken in everyday contexts. Appl. Cognit. Psychol., 2: 273–286. doi: 10.1002/acp.2350020405
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