Encoding Variability and The Effect of Spacing of Repetitions in Continuous Recognition Memory
MICHIGAN UNIV ANN ARBOR HUMAN PERFORMANCE CENTER
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Two experiments in learning and memory were conducted to test the variable encoding theory of the spacing effect. The distance between two repetitions and the contextual environment affecting probability of getting a same or different code were orthogonally varied in a modified Shepard- Teghtsoonian 1961 continuous recognition list. The target items were homographs and each of them was paired with either a biasing context word a word inducing a particular meaning of the target or a neutral context word. Upon presentation of a context-target doublet, Ss were to indicate both the relatedness between the two items and the frequency of prior occurrences for each of them.