The functional determinants of short-term memory : Evidence from perceptual-motor interference in verbal serial recall. / Hughes, Robert W; Marsh, John E.

In: Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, Vol. 43, No. 4, 04.2017, p. 537-551.

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The functional determinants of short-term memory : Evidence from perceptual-motor interference in verbal serial recall. / Hughes, Robert W; Marsh, John E.

In: Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, Vol. 43, No. 4, 04.2017, p. 537-551.

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Hughes, RW & Marsh, JE 2017, 'The functional determinants of short-term memory: Evidence from perceptual-motor interference in verbal serial recall', Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, vol. 43, no. 4, pp. 537-551. https://doi.org/10.1037/xlm0000325

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Hughes, R. W., & Marsh, J. E. (2017). The functional determinants of short-term memory: Evidence from perceptual-motor interference in verbal serial recall. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 43(4), 537-551. https://doi.org/10.1037/xlm0000325

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Hughes RW, Marsh JE. The functional determinants of short-term memory: Evidence from perceptual-motor interference in verbal serial recall. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. 2017 Apr;43(4):537-551. https://doi.org/10.1037/xlm0000325

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Hughes, Robert W ; Marsh, John E. / The functional determinants of short-term memory : Evidence from perceptual-motor interference in verbal serial recall. In: Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. 2017 ; Vol. 43, No. 4. pp. 537-551.

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