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Tip-of-the-Tongue Phenomenon

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Tip-of-the-Tongue Phenomenon






What is Tip-of-the-Tongue Phenomenon?


Tip-of-the-tongue phenomenon is the subjective feeling that people have of being confident that they know the target word for which they are searching, yet they cannont recall this word. They are somewhat able to recall words of similar sounds and meaning, but never the actual word they are seeking.  TOT is an experience with memory recollection involving difficulty retrieving a well-known word or familiar name.


Another term related to this phenomenon is the feeling of knowing, which is the prediction about whether you could correctly recognize the correct answer to a question. 


How does this phenonmenon happen?


The tip-of-the-tongue phenomenon is usually an involuntary effect, but the feeling of knowing is more conscious.

Most people have experienced this phenomenon many times in their life.  When one experiences this phenomenon it appears that one is having a breakdown in an intermediate stage of lexical retrieval. Lexical retrieval is a search for a desired word in a human's memory storage.





1.  Does age affect tip-of-the-tongue state?  ---Gives a basic description of TOT phenomenon and talk about the TOT age affects.


2. Blocked Memories ---How and why TOT phenomenon happens.


3. An Explaination ---An explaination of TOT and talks about TOT in other countries.


4. What is that Egyptian bug? ---A video of a research report on TOT, dealing with when you become stuck on a word you are better off giving up!


5.  Split Words --- Play a game to work your cognitive functions.


6.  Research Article --- A research article on TOT dealing with postitive and negative TOT's.


7. Has this ever happened to you? --- A video where people are caught in the act of TOT.



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