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The words of 2 familiar quotations, each 6 words in length, were presented alternately at a rate of 1 word per second. 18 pairs of quotations or messages were presented. It was hypothesized that the more words S reported from 1 message in correct contiguous order, omitting alternately interposed words as displayed, then the more words he would report from the other message in correct contiguous order. Although the hypothesis was verified, a learning effect occurred, with correct sequencing of the message whose first word appeared first on the display, increasing over trials at a faster rate than did correct sequencing of the message whose first word appeared second on the display.