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  • Emmorey knew previous research has shown that bilingual people have more tip-of-the-tongue moments than unilingual people do.

    It’s on the tip of my tongue…

  • That would seem to indicate that phonological blocking is not the mechanism underpinning tip-of-the-tongue moments at all.

    It’s on the tip of my tongue…

  • Unfortunately for the phonological-blocking contingent, Emmorey discovered that those bilingual in English and ASL had tip-of-the-tongue … or, in the one case, tip-of-the-finger …. incidents pretty much as often as people bilingual in English and Spanish.

    It’s on the tip of my tongue…

  • The pair tested this idea by deliberately inducing tip-of-the-tongue states in student volunteers by asking them to name obscure objects such as an abacus.

    The science behind memory glitches

  • The reason, they explain, is that tip-of-the-tongue states arise when we look for a word in the wrong part of our memory banks, and the more we persist, the more entrenched that mistaken habit becomes, thus making us more likely to look there next time around.

    The science behind memory glitches

  • Ifthey left a student in this state for 30seconds, rather than just 10, before putting them out of their misery, the student was more likely to experience a tip-of-the-tongue state for that word when tested again two days later.

    The science behind memory glitches

  • Dr. SMALL: Sometimes it takes us longer to retrieve information, so we have that tip-of-the-tongue phenomenon.

    The Aging Brain Is Less Quick, But More Shrewd

  • Studying tip-of-the-tongue moments tells us a lot about how the brain stores and accesses information.

    wait, wait, don’t tell me | clusterflock

  • So, when one of those pieces is lost, a tip-of-the-tongue moment occurs.

    wait, wait, don’t tell me | clusterflock

  • Words we use infrequently are especially subject to this tip-of-the-tongue phenomenon.

    Memory's Mind Games


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