Friday, June 17, 2011

In the past, many researchers have believed that testing is good for memory, but only for the exact thing you are trying to remember: so-called "target memory." If you're asked to recall the Lithuanian equivalent of an English word, say, you will get good at remembering the Lithuanian, but you won't necessarily remember the English. Vaughn wondered whether practice testing might boost other types of memory too. It does...Vaughn stresses that it isn't just testing, but successful testing--getting the answer right--that makes the difference in memory performance later on. He also admits the study leaves much to be discovered. "We know that repeated retrieval is good for memory. Testing is a modifier of memory. But we still don't know how that works. We don't understand the mechanism." more

1 comment:

Matt Normand said...

Hmm, might I suggest operant conditioning? [Ed.]