Skill Loss. A Review of the Literature and Recommendations for Research,
WARWICK UNIV COVENTRY (ENGLAND) DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY
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The rate at which skill is lost or forgotten during extended periods without practice and the ease with which unpractised skills may be refreshed by retraining are matters of consequence for those responsible for organising training in industry. This review was carried out to find the answers to some of the key questions relating to skill loss and to identify areas where further research is needed. Whilst there has been a considerable research effort into the functioning of verbal memory comparatively little research has been done on skill loss in recent years. Some of the unsolved practical problems might appear less formidable if a satisfactory theory of skill retention and loss could be developed and tested. Such work should also clarify some of the unsolved methodological problems.
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