The Interaction of Associative Memory and General Reasoning with Availability and Complexity of Examples in a Computer-Assisted Instruction Task
TEXAS UNIV AT AUSTIN COMPUTER-ASSISTED INSTRUCTION LAB
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In an attempt to produce an ability by treatment interaction ATI between associative memory and the complexity and availability of examples 110 undergraduate Ss were randomly assigned to four treatment groups for a computer- assisted instruction task. The groups consisted of a double classification on availability and complexity of examples. All Ss were given six ability tests measuring the factors of general reasoning and associative memory. The hypothesized ATI was observed but failed to reach significance, possibly due to inadequate control of example availability. Both availability and complexity increased the demand for reasoning ability. Further studies were suggested.