Models of Arithmetic Fact Retrieval: An Evaluation in Light of Findings From Normal and Brain-Damaged Subjects

Michael McCloskey, Walter Harley, Scott M. Sokol

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Retrieval of basic arithmetic facts is a central aspect of almost any arithmetic performance. Furthermore, the arithmetic facts provide an opportunity to study memory processes in the context of a naturally occurring but circumscribed set of facts. This article examines current models of arithmetic fact retrieval in light of previously reported data from normal subjects, as well as the results from brain-damaged patients reported by Sokol, McCloskey, Cohen, and Aliminosa (1991) in the preceding article. The discussion serves to delineate the strengths and limitations of the models and, more generally, to identify important theoretical and empirical issues in the study of arithmetic fact retrieval.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)377-397
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 1991


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Psychology(all)

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