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Introduction Each of these studies incorporated similar features Firstly in some form each study analyzed or looked at the generation effect The generation effect is the finding that self-generated stimuli will be both recalled and recognize with better performance than for read stimuli This effect has been demonstrated primarily with words yet each of these studies used pictorial stimuli in each of the experiments as opposed to using words Although the method and objective for each study was different there are undoubtedly similarities at a broader level which can be analyzed to invoke further insight to the generation effect concerning picture stimuli The first study examined the generation effect on pictures and whether or not this effect influenced subjects memory Memory was tested through different methods such as recall recognition and also two different source monitoring tasks The data obtained seemed to support the notion that the generation effect can and does occur for pictures The experimenters took this study to the next level by conducting a second experiment In this experiment some of the pictorial test targets would be replaced with words In so doing the experimenters were able to compare results across and amongst each experiment to help determine some of the possible underlying causes for the generation effect In comparison the second study presented in this paper also hinged on the generation effect In this experiment both recall and metamemory tasks were conducted to determine whether or not the bizarreness of a picture could be interpreted as a generation effect The phenomenon of the generation effect is one which I have long found very interesting The effect can be replicated for many different generated responses such as incongruous items effortful items distinct items and elaborate generated responses However all of my knowledge of experiments on the generation effect focused on the use of words Thus I thought it would be both interesting and fun to look at studies
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