Information Encoding in Training for Efficient Access in Memory.
Final rept. 1 Jan 72-31 Dec 73,
MICHIGAN UNIV ANN ARBOR DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY
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Coding processes involved in storing and retrieving information in event, simple associative, and serial associative learning have been examined in experiments and literature reviews. A new technique for identifying and analyzing trainee-determined coding units in serial learning has been developed, and has shown that serial learning cannot be represented by traditional continuous-process theories, but instead must be treated by an organizational model, probably a hierarchy of codes. A number of studies have extended and refined the hypothesis that encoding variability during learning, as contrasted with constant encoding over repetitions, is beneficial for long-term retention. Modified author abstract