A quantitative method for counting recollections in written free-recall accounts

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Abstract

A method was developed in order to analyze the number of autobiographical recollections in written free-recall accounts, without checking the validity. This method focuses on Event-Specific Knowledge (Conway and Pleydell-Pearce, 2000). ESKs were identified based on grammar, thereby avoiding interpretation of the accounts. In addition to identifying individual ESKs, the number of details contained in each ESK was counted and a general ESK-type was identified (either describing perception, reflection, state, action or object). The high interrater reliability (.97 for the number of ESKs) shows that this method is an objective and reliable measure for a quantitative analysis of written accounts. Keywords: Reference: Hoven, E.v.d., and Eggen, B. (2005). A Quantitative Method for Counting Recollections in Written Free-Recall Accounts. In Proceedings of the SARMAC VI, January 5-8, Wellington, New Zealand.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the SARMAC VI, January 5-8, 2005, Wellington, New Zealand
Place of PublicationWellington, NZ
Publication statusPublished - 2005
EventSixth Biennial Meeting of the Society of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (SARMAC VI), January 5-8, 2005, Wellington, New Zealand - Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand
Duration: 5 Jan 20058 Jan 2005

Conference

ConferenceSixth Biennial Meeting of the Society of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (SARMAC VI), January 5-8, 2005, Wellington, New Zealand
Abbreviated titleSARMAC VI
CountryNew Zealand
CityWellington
Period5/01/058/01/05

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    Hoven, van den, E. A. W. H., & Eggen, J. H. (2005). A quantitative method for counting recollections in written free-recall accounts. In Proceedings of the SARMAC VI, January 5-8, 2005, Wellington, New Zealand Wellington, NZ.