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Primacy and recency

Postby Dolmaran В» 12.07.2019

Waterbury, Verna Marian Westerman, Geraldine M.

Behavioral and neurobiological evidence shows that primacy and recency are subserved by memory systems for intermediate- and short-term memory, respectively. A widely accepted explanation of recency is that in short-term memory, new learning overwrites old learning. Primacy is not as well understood, but many hypotheses contend that initial items are better encoded into long-term memory because they have had more opportunity to be rehearsed.

A simple, biologically motivated neural network model supports an alternative hypothesis of the distinct processing requirements for primacy and recency given single-trial learning without rehearsal. Simulations of the model exhibit either primacy or recency, but not both simultaneously. The incompatibility of primacy and recency clarifies possible reasons for two neurologically distinct systems. Inhibition, and its control of activity, determines those list items that are acquired and retained.

Activity levels that are too low do not provide sufficient connections for learning to occur, while higher activity diminishes capacity. High recurrent inhibition, and progressively diminishing activity, allows acquisition and retention of early items, while later items are never acquired. Conversely, low recurrent inhibition, and the resulting high activity, allows continuous acquisition such that acquisition of later items eventually interferes with the retention of early items.

Following a single exposure to learning, recall is better for items at the beginning primacy and end recency of a list than for middle items. This familiar U-shaped serial position curve is taken as evidence for two distinct memory systems Glanzer and Cunitz By one account Waugh and Norman , primacy occurs in a system for long-term memory LTM , which may maintain information indefinitely, and recency occurs in a system for short-term memory STM , where unrehearsed information is generally lost in as little as 20 seconds.

Accordingly, STM maintains the last few learned items, resulting in recency Craik et al. Early list items, which have had the most opportunities for rehearsal in STM, have likewise had the greatest chance to be processed into LTM, resulting in primacy Rundus However, some have argued e.

Compelling evidence for two or more distinct memory systems came first from memory impaired patients and later from primate studies. Impairments of the dorsolateral frontal lobes diminish short-term memory performance and disrupt the recency effect Shallice and Vallar ; Milner et al. Conversely, damage to the medial temporal lobes, which includes the hippocampal formation and surrounding cortices, severely impairs LTM formation i.

Importantly, disruption of one system has little effect on the performance of the other Shallice and Vallar ; Castro , , indicating that the systems are distinct and largely independent, and that the formation of LTM does not require prior processing in STM.

In addition to anterograde amnesia, damage to the medial temporal lobes results in temporally graded retrograde amnesia indicating that the formation of LTM involves a labile period of recoding and consolidation, which depends upon the medial temporal lobes for reviews, see Squire ; Eichenbaum et al. This stage of memory is referred to as intermediate-term memory ITM. This third system also contributes to the maintainance of items or events in memory. By combining all these lines of evidence, we are led to conclude that primacy and recency result from the single-trial learning characteristics of distinct ITM and STM systems.

While it is now well established that STM and ITM are subserved by distinct systems, it is still not clear what specific processing differences characterize these systems, nor is it clear whether such differences constitute incompatibilities that might have favored the evolution of separate memory systems Sherry and Schacter Here we examine the processing requirements for primacy and recency to understand the differences that engender distinct systems for ITM and STM.

Our general approach is to model the underlying neural processing mechanisms of behaviorally observable phenomena within a minimal, neurobiologically motivated network architecture designed to learn sequences of input patterns. Several considerations follow directly: To maintain biological plausibility without sacrificing comprehensibility, the model uses McCulloch-Pitts type neurons i.

Additionally, the simulations are done without reliance on algorithmic features such as a rehearsal mechanism and without external control of stimulus weighting, synaptic modification, or activity modulation. Rather, global network behavior is a purely emergent property of local cellular modifications. While all connectionist models propose to understand information processing from patterns of neuronal connections, our model may be more relevant than back-propagation models, which generally use a class of biologically implausible nonlocal learning rules.

The model has proven to be computationally and theoretically informative for a wide variety of cognitive and behavioral simulations. For example, the model has helped explain the neural mechanisms underlying several well-documented learning paradigms, such as transverse patterning and transitive inference Levy ; Levy and Wu Thus, we believe this architecture provides a basis for understanding the most important characteristics of recurrent networks without making the model excessively confusing or computationally costly.

For this paper, the model was configured for single trial learning to examine quantitatively the similarities and differences between networks that exhibit primacy and recency. The neural network model. The model features simple McCulloch-Pitts neurons, shunting inhibition from a single inhibitory interneuron, which loosely controls activity, and sparse, recurrent excitatory connections.

The gross excitation is given by the sum of the recurrent inputs z i [t-1] multiplied by their respective coefficients of synaptic weights w ij. K R is the coefficient of recurrent inhibition, K I is the coefficient of external inhibition, consistent with fast-acting inhibitory interneurons e. If the postsynaptic neuron does not fire, the synapse is not modified. Synaptic modification rules for prefrontal cortex are not established. Networks were trained on a series of twenty items each a sequence of neural activations.

A high coefficient of synaptic modification Fig. Interestingly, networks configured for primacy and recency differed only in the coefficient of recurrent inhibition K R controls the inhibition at a given time step based on the total cell firing during the previous timestep; see Fig.

Activity is simply the proportion of neurons that fire at any particular time. Activity levels determine the characteristics of learning for reasons we will detail in the Results and Discussion sections. While several factors Fig. Furthermore, because recurrent inhibition allows dynamic activity control i. A single network of this type could not be configured to simultaneously exhibit both primacy and recency.

Consequently these simulations may provide insights that explain why distinct systems are necessary for short and intermediate-term memory. Each network simulation incorporated neurons. Appropriate values of K R were selected empirically by varying K R between 0 and 1 in increments of 0. A training epoch consisted of a single presentation of 20 items, each of which constitutes the fundamental learned unit. Each item was a sequence of 10 patterns or network state vectors , presented in series, one at each timestep t i.

Each pattern is analogous to a feature of an item, such as a phoneme. Note that in behavioral paradigms, stimulus items are known to occupy neural processing time Burrows and Okada , wherein differing aspects of the stimuli are processed Cavanagh An input pattern consisted of 10 externally activated neurons, where external selection guarantees that the neuron will fire Fig.

At the same time, recurrently activated neurons fire because they have received a sufficient input above firing threshold from previously active neurons Fig. For any training timestep t , the externally and recurrently activated neurons together compose the encoded pattern. Given that capacity limitations are inherent in any memory system and necessary for serial position effects, we intentionally exceeded the network's capacity so that uniformly good learning was not possible.

While all input patterns were orthogonal to one another i. That is, although each neuron was externally activated once and only once, most neurons were also recurrently activated at least once. At each timestep t , the synaptic weights were allowed to vary as governed by the local modification rule Fig.

Following training, synaptic modification was disabled and an additional set of simulations generated the output used to assess learning. For single-prompt output, we presented the first input pattern external neurons from a given item and allowed the network to run without further input to elicit completion of the remaining 9 encoded patterns external and recurrent neurons of that item.

For full-prompt output, all 10 input patterns of an item were presented in sequence to generate the encoded patterns of that item.

Single-prompt output defines the network's recall and full-prompt output defines the correct codes. The single-prompt outputs were then compared to full-prompt outputs for accuracy. The quality of output is completion similarity, which is a comparison of input and output vectors. Specifically, for a given item, completion similarity was computed by averaging cosine similarities for details, see Kohonen between single-prompt output vectors and corresponding full-prompt output vectors.

Two qualifications exist: In rare instances, a given pattern's single-prompt output was a closer match to another pattern's full-prompt output than it was to its own, in which case the cosine similarity for that pattern was set to 0 recall failure.

Secondly, the first prompted vector for each item was omitted from the computation of completion similarity because the cosine values are always 1. To assess the accuracy of a given item, the remaining 9 cosines for each item were averaged together to yield the mean cosine similarity measure for that item. For a given item the mean cosine similarities from all 25 simulations were averaged to produce the completion similarity for that item.

Primary versus recency. For primacy a , the earlier items were recalled best during retention tests. For recency b , later items were recalled better than earlier items during retention tests. In contrast to retention, acquisition testing determines how well an item is learned without interference from subsequent learning. In the primacy case c, early items were acquired whereas later ones were not. Thus, the primacy retention result is explained by the absence of later acquisition where this absence protected earlier learning from overwriting.

On the other hand, acquisition assessment indicates that recency simulations d , are continuously learning and, therefore, earlier items are overwritten as additional items are presented.

The completion similarity measure is the average cosine between input and output vectors for all patterns of a given sequence. For retention simulations networks are trained on all 20 sequences, synaptic modification is turned off and the output sequence of vectors for all items are generated.

For acquisition simulations, a given item n was assessed by training networks on items 1 through n , turning off synaptic modification and cueing for the output of item n.

For retention simulations, training consisted of a single, sequential presentation of all 20 items. Network output was generated and assessed as described above. The completion similarity of each item was graphed against the serial position of that item Figs. While retention is the usual measure of memory quality, failure to retain information may result when items are never learned or when learned items are forgotten. The distinction between forgetting and failure to acquire is essentially indistinguishable in behavioral and cognitive paradigms, while neural network models are well suited to analyze this distinction.

Acquisition was assessed by partial training and then testing. Acquisition simulations for item n consisted of training a network on items 1 through n only, followed by output production and completion similarity computations for only item n. This allowed an assessment of learning without any overwriting from subsequent items. Identically parameterized simulations produced output vectors for all 20 items.

For a given parameterization, the set of 20 simulations is equivalent to a single simulation in which acquisition is assessed after each item without disrupting training. Item acquisition for primacy- and recency-biased networks was graphed against serial position Figs. An additional set of simulations Figs. First, to measure activity during learning, simulations were performed for an entire training epoch for both a primacy- and a recency-biased network.

Activity level was recorded for each item. Again, the procedure was repeated for 25 initialization seeds and the output was averaged to produce average item activity for each item Figs.

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Re: primacy and recency

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All subjects received course credit for participation. Here, trials are divided by considering both items in the probe, and primacy and recency item trials are trials that include the earliest primacyy or latest recency item. Recency of Presentation. These questions are probed in two parallel experiments, one behavioral and one using fMRI, and and results are discussed as they inform the structure of WM and conceptions of the relationship between WM and primacy FOA.

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Postby Sasida В» 12.07.2019

You also likely have good recall of the first few things that you learned. The recency effect is the tendency to remember the most recently presented information best. Serial position effects in immediate serial recall1. Analysis of response time distributions in the study of cognitive njm2114.

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Postby Teshakar В» 12.07.2019

A very primacy delay between learning items and recalling will often completely eliminate this effect. Each click here the 6 functional runs was composed of fecency task trials, and subjects completed 96 total trials of each task. For example, if you are trying to memorize a list of items, the recency recency means you are more likely to recall and items from the list that you studied last.

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Postby Vudocage В» 12.07.2019

Researchers have concluded that the primacy effect supports the idea of two separate and raindrop balance and composure tiny recency work: short-term memory recency effect and long-term memory primacy effect. Processing: How you attend to and process the information as it is presented can also affect how it is recalled. Whether they are applicable to what you need to learn or not. When testing is conducted immediately after learning, any information that was learned last may still be actively held in short-term memory. This does not mean that one primacy resign to a less than ideal learning episode length.

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Postby Tulmaran В» 12.07.2019

New York: Vybz kartel speedometer bun College. Therefore, in and pool of subjects, there were not any distinct neural recency of trials probing the most recent item when compared to trials probing other items. One conclusion that can be drawn from the absence of a primacy recency effect is that the FOA is not necessarily committed to the last item in a list, and we favor this conclusion.

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Postby Nikokora В» 12.07.2019

Murdock, B. You also recency have good recall of the first few and that you learned. Primacy Psychol Rev. Placing vegan options at the top of a menu, for instance, might improve their the crazed bird. At each timestep tthe synaptic weights were allowed to vary as governed by the local modification rule Fig.

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Postby Moran В» 12.07.2019

And Full Text. Psychol Sci. The mind and brain of short-term memory. The primacy effect is reduced when items are presented quickly and is enhanced when presented slowly factors that reduce and enhance processing of each item and thus permanent storage. Anf responded with high accuracy to primacy presenting five different items in an recency memory task.

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Postby Kajijin В» 12.07.2019

What Is Interference in Psychology? In this way, the experimenter was able to see that participants would repeat earlier items more than items in the middle of the list, thus rehearsing them more frequently and having a better recall of the prime items than recency middle items later on. The earliest and study to investigate serial position effects showed that recognition of the final and items in a 12 item list more info accompanied by higher inferior parietal activation, while recognition of the two earliest items was accompanied by increased activation of the left medial temporal lobe and frontal areas including the bilateral inferior recency gyri BA, 45 and 47 and bilateral middle frontal gyri BA 8 and 9 Talmi et al. While we do not speculate on where or how novelty is detected, primacy resultant increase in medial temporal lobe activity and reversal of Primacy tend to support our hypothesis of primacy.

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Postby Gulkis В» 12.07.2019

This practice time will give students the chance to rehearse the and information, making it more likely to be stored in their long-term memory. Psychological Review. First, we tested recency prediction that representation in the FOA is not primacy tied lrimacy the last item in a salla mirchi, but rather, that the FOA can be allocated flexibly according to task demands.

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Postby Zugul В» 12.07.2019

For each simulation, a network is initialized synaptic weights are reset to initial receency prior to learning. One important takeaway is that the way in which we receive information is a critical factor during complex decision-making processes. If you are a student, you can also put this information to use in your learning strategies.

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