The episodic-semantic memory distinction and paired associate learning

Robert S. Wilson, Lynd D. Bacon, Alfred W. Kaszniak, Jacob H. Fox

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39 senile dementia patients (mean age 69.1 yrs) completed the Associate Learning subtest of the Wechsler Memory Scale, and orthogonal measures of episodic and semantic memory were developed through factor analysis. As predicted, scores on the semantic factor were related only to learning high-associate word pairs; scores on the episodic factor were related to both high- and low-associate learning. Findings provide an interpretive framework for the Associate Learning subtest and support E. Tulving's (1972) 2-store model of long-term memory. (9 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)154-155
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of consulting and clinical psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1982


  • learning of high vs low associate word pairs, involvement of episodic vs semantic memory, senile dementia patients with mean age of 69.1 yrs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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