Learning and Retention of Concepts Formed from Unfamiliar Visual Patterns
Final rept. 1 Oct 1973-30 Sep 1974
DENVER RESEARCH INST CO
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Two experiments were conducted to investigate the learning and retention of concepts formed from novel visual stimulus materials wave-form patterns. The purpose of the first experiment was to scale sets of wave forms as a function of difficulty, i.e., Ss were shown a prototype wave form and were asked to give same-different judgments for subsequent wave forms. On the basis of these results, sets of simple and difficult instances of concepts were chosen. In the second experiment, Ss learned four wave-form concepts with either simple or difficult instances over a four-day period and were tested for retention after periods of one, three, and ten days.