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Iowa State University

2010

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Long-Term Effects Of Testing On The Recall Of Nontested Materials, Jason C.K. Chan Jan 2010

Long-Term Effects Of Testing On The Recall Of Nontested Materials, Jason C.K. Chan

Psychology Publications

Testing, or memory retrieval, is a powerful way to enhance long-term retention of studied material. Recent studies have shown that testing can also benefit later retention of related but nontested material (a finding known as retrieval-induced facilitation, Chan, McDermott, & Roediger, 2006), but the long-term consequences of this benefit is unknown. In the current experiment three retention intervals—20 minutes, 24 hours, 7 days—were used to assess the effects of testing on subsequent recall of the nontested material. The results indicate that the magnitude of retrieval-induced facilitation, like that of the testing effect (i.e., the memorial benefit of testing ...